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Many in Austin, Travis County, with no power

More than 430,000 homes and businesses were without power in Texas on Thursday as parts of the state continued to battle ice and winter weather.

Travis County, which houses the state capital of Austin, remained the focal point of the outages Thursday. More than 176,000 customers – more than a quarter of the energy customers in the county – were without power as of about 2 p.m. CT, as temperatures started to rise above freezing.

More than 68,000 outages were reported in Williamson County, just north of Austin.

In Smith County, home of Tyler, about 32,000 customers were without power, and in Bell County, located between Austin and Waco, about 25,000 were in the dark, according to USA TODAY Network’s power outage database as of Noon CT.

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