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Drought Conditions in Texas Strain Power Transmission Lines

A blackout in Texas City, Texas, may be the latest in a series of power failures caused by lack of rain, which helps clear electrical lines of deposits, according to Terry Hadley, a spokesman for the Public Utility Commission.

“It’s something we’re looking at” Hadley said today. “There are certainly a larger number of outages than normal and most appear to be drought-related. Today’s event underscores that it’s a concern.”