Harvey-related power outages

CenterPoint Energy is reporting 14,145 customers are without lights.as of 9:08 p.m. Friday.

Entergy Texas, Inc. is reporting 59,499 customers are affected by outages as of 9:08 p.m. Friday.

CenterPoint Energy released the following statement on Friday evening:

We’ve got thousands of boots on the ground and climbing poles! As of Friday afternoon, we’ve restored power to 858,000 + meters. We have about 19,000 customers still without power, of which about 10,700 are impacted by high water and inaccessible to our crews.

We’re committed to keeping you safe and informed about our outage and restoration efforts. Here’s what you need to know now:

  • Please remember that water and electricity don’t mix. Be especially mindful of downed lines that could be hidden in flood waters and debris and treat all downed lines as if they are energized or “live.” Boats being used in high water can expose you to danger from power lines at their normal height. Be aware and stay away.
  • That hum you hear in the sky may be one of the many drones we’re flying over 50+ locations to help us assess needed repairs.
  • When a call for help came in from the City of Sealy to establish power at the shuttered Sealy Outlet Mall, our Katy service center crews sprung into action. The location is now in use by the National Guard as a staging site.
  • Repairing fences? Replanting trees? Call 811 before any digging is started – it’s the law. Striking buried utility lines can cause serious injury or death. Alert participating utility companies, such as electric, gas, cable and phone about planned digging so they can mark the appropriate location of their underground lines. Please be prepared for a longer than usual wait time during the next few weeks, and do not dig until the lines have been marked.

Entergy Texas, Inc. shared the following safety recommendations on its website related to customers affected by Harvey:

  1. Live wires can be deadly. Stay away from downed power lines. Call 1 800 9OUTAGE or 1 800 968 8243 to report downed or dangling power lines, poles or other damaged equipment.
  2. Do not trim trees or remove debris on or near downed power lines. Only power company crews or their contractors should remove trees or limbs touching power lines.
  3. Keep away from the immediate areas where crews are working. There is always the danger of moving equipment and the possibility of construction materials or limbs or overhead wires falling to the ground.
  4. If you plan on using a generator for temporary power, get a licensed electrician and disconnect from the utility electric system before hooking up to your home main electric panel.
  5. Do not run a generator in a confined space without adequate ventilation.
  6. Avoid using candles or other flammable devices to warm your home.
  7. Try to stay off the roads. More traffic in bad weather leads to more accidents, including more injuries and fatalities as well as accidents that can damage electrical poles and other equipment, creating outages and impeding the ability of crews to access and repair damage and slowing restoration.
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