The University of Texas-Pan American will remain open and classes will be held at their regularly scheduled times Wednesday evening, Feb. 2 and Thursday, Feb. 3. During that time, UTPA is expected to experience temporary power outages as the severe cold weather continues.
Administrators want students, faculty and staff to know a blackout may occur in the buildings they occupy anytime during the cold snap. Blackouts can last from 10 minutes to an hour at a time.
If electricity is lost in a facility, the University asks the occupants of that structure to vacate the campus for two hours. For example, if the power cuts out at 10 a.m., those inside must leave and return at noon.
Classes that start during a blackout will continue when that building is reopened. For example, if class starts at 9:45 a.m. and power is expected on at 10 a.m., please attend that class.
The outages are expected on campus, as well as throughout the state, after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas required all utility companies to temporarily cut power to compensate for generation shortages due to increased energy usage during these extreme weather conditions.
It is not known how long the controlled outages will last, according to the council.
In the meantime, the University asks for everyone's understanding and patience as the community endures the harsh weather. Again, classes are still scheduled tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 2 and Thursday, Feb. 3. Please check the University's main website for any updates or call (956)665-7233.