On Tuesday morning (September 14), Texas utility company CenterPoint Energy said that more than 400,000 homes and businesses were experiencing power outages in the Houston area following Tropical Storm Nicholas. According to Texas-New Mexico Power, another 41,000 customers lost power near the Gulf Coast.
In a press release on September 13, ERCOT said it was preparing for Tropical Storm Nicholas by reducing “planned maintenance-related outages in the area most likely to be affected by Nicholas” and had ordered electric companies to move into emergency procedures before the storm made landfall.
As Tropical Storm Nicholas approached the Texas coastline, the U.S. National Hurricane Center issued warnings of flash flooding and heavy rainfall across the state.
Following a tropical storm of this size, it’s important to stay safe. Visit SaveOnEnergy’s hurricane preparedness guide for a detailed look at what to do following a major storm.
SaveOnEnergy’s power outage guide also offers tips and advice on what to do during an electrical outage. Of course, the first thing you should do in the event of a power outage is to make sure you are in a safe location. Secondly, you should contact your local utility company. The utility companies in Texas are in charge of restoring power when there’s an outage and should be able to provide updates on the situation.
Visit our utility pages for utility contact information:
Visit the Houston Chronicle for further details and live updates about the storm’s aftermath and power outages across Texas.
Caitlin Cosper is a writer and editor within the energy industry, specializing in deregulation, energy efficiency, and solar power. Her writing and research have been cited by Snopes, The Washington Post, The American Solar Energy Society, and other major sources. Find more of Caitlin’s work at SaveOnEnergy.com and ChooseEnergy.com.