More than half of the 55,000 customers who lost power overnight Friday, May 9, have been restored, with the hardest hit areas still being addressed. As of 11:30 a.m. about 18,700 customers are without power. More than 1,300 people are working to return power to all customers.
“We’ve reached a point in our recovery that can be very frustrating for customers. The storm has passed, yet power outages remain as we continue our restoration,” said Stuart Barrett, vice president of customer service for Entergy Texas, Inc. “More rain is expected, but crews continue working as hard as they can to safely and quickly restore your power. Hopefully the rain doesn’t slow our work, but we will continue working until customers are restored.”
The storms that swept the area early Friday morning brought heavy wind, lightning, hail and rain to Southeast Texas, with winds reported at more than 70 miles per hour in some areas.
Most of the damage experienced in the Port Arthur, Mid County, Winnie, Orange, Vidor and Beaumont areas, and estimated times of restoration continue to be updated as crews determine damage and make repairs.
Updates on individual outages by location are available via the Entergy outage map at entergy.com/viewoutages. A special storm information section also provides more detailed information by network location.
Most of the damaged high-voltage transmission lines were restored overnight, which is helping distribution crews restore power as they make repairs.
Here is what you can expect from us during the restoration:
SOURCE: Entergy Texas, Inc.