Power outages were going out as Hurricane Nicholas was moving across Houston. Customers do not need to call for power outages but they do need to call if they smell natural gas or see a damaged power line.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said the power outage of the storm, “will most likely be at the local distribution level. Local outages can be caused by factors ranging from high winds toppling power poles to tree limbs falling on power lines."
The main focus is the hospitals, water treatment plants, and public service facilities before moving on to residential areas.
Governor Greg Abbott declared a state disaster declaration for these counties:
Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria.
This gives Governor Abbott a little more leverage to make decisions to help the counties in need.
The Centre Point Executive Vice President for Electric Utilities Kenny Mercado said, “However, patience will be important as some areas of our system and equipment may be difficult to reach for our crews due to safety-related issues, such as downed trees,” he said. “Customers do not need to call us to report outages, our smart meters tell us which customers are out. We ask that everyone to please keep phone lines open for electric or natural gas emergency calls only.”
Schools districts closed on Wednesday
These school districts will close for the safety of their staff and students.
- Angleton ISD
- Brazosport College
- Brazosport ISD
- Columbia-Brazoria ISD
- Danbury ISD
- Dickinson ISD
- Galveston ISD
- Palacios ISD
- Spring Branch ISD (only Memorial High School and Rummel Creek Elementary School)
- Stafford MSD
- Sweeny ISD
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said, "One of the primary objectives is to get things back to normal, so that as of tomorrow morning, schools can reopen, normal activities can resume."
Phone charging stations
Due to the loss of power, there are multiple locations for Houston residents to charge their phones.
- Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 9314 Cullen Blvd.
- Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Rd.
- Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Dr.
- West End Multi-Service Center, 170 Heights Blvd.
- Freed Community Center, 6818 Shadyvilla Ln.
- Edgewood Community Center, 5803 Bellfort Ave.
- Marian Park Community Center, 11101 S. Gessner Rd.
- Tuffly Community Center, 3200 Russell St.
Businesses and stores that are open
Many businesses and stores were closed on Monday and/or Tuesday. Many of these stores should be open on Wednesday.
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