Power Slowly Returns as Cleanup Begins on Hurricane Nicholas

September 17, 2021
Power Slowly Returns as Cleanup Begins on Hurricane Nicholas

Power is close to being restoring for all CenterPoint Energy customers in the wake of Hurricane Nicholas. The hurricane has moved through a greater Southern state and has since been downgrading to a tropical depression.

Power Down in Local Region

On Wednesday, as of 8:45 a.m., just over 81,000 customers were still without power across the region and beyond. On Tuesday morning, the number was as high as 460,000.

Hurricane Nicholas Packed a Brutal Punch

Bringing wind speeds ranging from 44 mph to 50 mph to 75 mph in various cities in Texas including Houston, Hurricane Nicholas really took and created problems for all residents in its sphere.

Homes Without Power

In Houston alone, about 150,000 homes were without power on Tuesday morning. This is according to the Houston Emergency Management Coordinator Thomas Munoz.

Timeline for Full Power Restoration

In fact, CenterPoint did not provide a timeline for full power restoration. However there are preliminary damage assessments that do, in fact, suggest a fast recovery than anticipated. This is according to Francisco Sanchez. He works for the County Office of Emergency Management.

Downed Tress and More

“Moreover, there are not a whole lot of downed trees, but, in fact, there are lots of downed limbs and branches,” Sanchez said. “Moreover, what that tells us is the restoration is going a lot smoother. Thank goodness, it is not like a Louisiana situation where you actually had the huge towers go down.”

Emergency Procedures

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Texas’ grid manager has reducing the planning maintenance outages in areas that are expected to be hardest hit by the storm. Then instruct power companies to use emergency procedures in preparation.

Heavy Rain

More than 6-and-a-half inches of rain were what parts of Houston saw. However, further south and southeast is what Nicholas did make its presence felt. Another city was hit with nearly 14 inches of rain by 5 a.m., also strong winds did triggering a storm surge warning. While three other cities were under a flash flood warning early Tuesday.

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