The Big D dealing with ice storm & widespread power outages

Schools are closed, city leaders urging residents to stay home

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter , Mary Cuervo

DALLAS - Dallas was dealing with an ice storm and widespread power outages that crippled the city on Friday.

The National Weather Service said the Metroplex will remain under a Winter Storm Warning throughout the day. Rescue crews were working to remove high-profile vehicles stuck on overpasses around the Metroplex.

"It's just everyone's driving five miles an hour," said driver Patrick Eakin. "Everyone's also just losing control in the middle of the road. Pretty much the worst I've seen so far."

The weather forced the organizers of the Dallas Marathon to cancel the race.  The marathon attracts 25,000 runners from around the world.

All schools were closed and Dallas Area Rapid Transit was running limited operations Friday morning, according to spokesman Mark Ball.

Dallas resident, Louis Powell said, "Man I don't like it. It's terrible. I know this is God's work but we just have to deal with it and do what we gotta do."

In the early morning, Dallas power crews reported 186,000 people without power.

CenterPoint Energy says nearly 50 linemen and support personnel will head from Houston toward Dallas on  Saturday to assist Oncor.

American Airlines and American Eagle canceled nearly 1,000 flights Friday.  Southwest Airlines canceled almost 90 flights.

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