Entergy Texas Update July 8: Impacts from Hurricane Beryl cause over 200,000 power outages (2024)

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July 8 6:30pm Update: Entergy Texasanticipatesthat it will take several days to fully restore powerto customersimpactedby Hurricane Beryl

Entergy Texas crews are safely restoring power after heavy rain, strong wind gusts and lightning from Hurricane Beryl caused widespread outages Monday morning.As of 6:30p.m., approximately 247,000 Entergy Texas customers are without power.

A workforce of more than 1,300 damage assessors, vegetation crews, line workers, and support personnel have been mobilized to diligently restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Additional workers and special equipment have been requested to safely expedite restoration efforts. Estimated restoration times will depend on the severity of damage in the area, but the company anticipates that it will take several days to fully restore power.

While damage assessments are still ongoing, initial reports show lightning, high winds and downed vegetation caused significant damage to Entergy Texas transmission equipment. A total of 34 substations lost power, which is a significant increase from the 17 substations without power around noon.

Most of the weather from Hurricane Beryl has cleared the Entergy Texas service area. However, strong winds are expected to remain in the region until late evening.

July 8 12pm Update: Heavy rain, strong winds and lightning from Hurricane Beryl continue to impact the Entergy Texas service area. As of 12 p.m., approximately 201,000 Entergy Texas customers are without power.The majority of the power outages are located in Montgomery, Jefferson, Walker and Liberty counties. More than 6,100 are without power in Galveston County, which includes the entire Bolivar Peninsula.

Weather conditions from the storm has caused damage to Entergy Texas transmission equipment, whichcaused 17 substations to lose power. Once the storm passes and it’s safe to do so, Entergy Texas crews will begin the official damage assessment throughout the company’s 27-county service area and determine the most effective way to restore power to communities.

More than 500additional restoration workers are on standby and prepared to assist Entergy Texas crews with restoration. Estimated restoration times will depend on the severity of damage in the area.

Restoration process:

When crews build theirrestoration plans, they start at the source. Entergy Texas generation plants are critical to providing power to our customers. Next, crews ensure that our high voltage transmission lines are able to safely deliver power to our substations. Power is then fed onto our low voltage lines that deliver power to homes and businesses. Once power is flowing back into an area, restorations occur in this order:

  • Emergency services, life support facilities and communications networks (police, hospital, fire stations, media, industry) are restored.
  • Lines serving large blocks of customers are restored next.
  • Lines serving neighborhoods follow because larger numbers of customers are without power.
  • Individual services are then restored because fewer customers are without power, and, in the case of scattered outages, it often takes more time and effort to get power back on.

Entergy Texas encourages customers to keep these safety tips top of mind:

  • Stay away from downed power lines and areas of debris.Energized power lines may not be visible among the rubble.
  • Report downed lines immediately to Entergy at 1-800-9OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243), and call your local police station or fire department.
  • Return home only when authorities adviseand drive only on roadways and bridges that have been declared passable.
  • If a power line falls on your vehicle while driving, continue todrive away from the line.
  • Don’t walk in flooded areas or standing water.Remember that wet tree limbs can conduct electricity.
  • Keep your distance from working crews.Work sites can have any number of hidden dangers for the public, and distracting crews can cause accidents to happen.

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Stay informed:

Keeping customers informed before, during and after a storm is important to Entergy Texas. Here are some of the platforms we use to provide updates:

  • Download the Entergy Appatentergy.com/app. Customers can use the app to report outages or check on the status of power at their home or business.
  • Entergy’sView Outageswebsiteincludes maps that show where outages are located and gives information about restoration progress.
  • Register for outagetext alertsthrough myEntergy. Customers should update their notification preferences to participate in text alerts. Customers also can sign up for text messages about storm and restoration efforts by texting REG to 36778.
  • TheEntergy Storm Centerwebsitehas storm safety, preparation and restoration information that is updated throughout the day.
  • Operation: Storm Ready Guideisa free downloadable guidethat helps customers plan and prepare for weather emergencies.
  • Social mediaplays an important role in keeping customers informed. Follow Entergy Texas on Twitter at@EntergyTXandFacebook.com/EntergyTX.
Entergy Texas Update July 8: ImpactsfromHurricane Berylcause over 200,000 poweroutages (3)

Source: Entergy Texas

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