A month and a half after Hurricane Nicholas hit the US state of Texas, strong winds caused power outages in tens of thousands of homes in the state on Thursday.
Groups from Centerpoint Energy, one of the US natural gas and electricity facilities, were able to restore electricity to 125,000 customers in Houston – the largest city in Texas – late Thursday night, excluding about 15,000 people.
Beltway 8 and North Harris County were hardest hit, despite power outages across the city, according to Centrepoint Energy’s outage tracker map, which showed more than 125,000 customers experiencing power outages at 4:15 p.m. yesterday. Thursday.
As the company ramped up its efforts to restore power, it warned residents on social media to stay away from collapsed power lines providing at least 10 feet of curb.
The company also clarified that customers do not need to report service interruptions, and requested that phone calls be limited to emergencies.
The National Weather Service said northwesterly winds hit the Houston area at speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, at times exceeding 40 miles per hour.
Damage To Public And Private Property
Severe storms with tornadoes and high winds swept the eastern part of Texas to Louisiana on Wednesday, injuring at least one person, damaging dozens of homes, and residents reporting tens of thousands of power outages.
Commenting on the incident, Orange County in Texas issued a disaster declaration, in which it noted “extensive damage to public and private property.”
Drone footage revealed severely damaged homes in Morrisville, about 95 miles northeast of Houston, and homes under rubble in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Severe Weather Conditions
The National Weather Service reports that a hurricane has hit north of Lake Charles.
“The winds destroyed between 25 and 40 homes, and I would say 15-20 of them were probably severely damaged,” Calcasio County Emergency Management Director Dick Gremilion said.
Lake Charles has experienced severe weather over the past two years, including catastrophic flooding in May, freezing winter weather in February, and Hurricanes Laura and Delta in 2020.
On Wednesday morning, more than 90,000 blackouts were reported across the state, including about 17,000 in Harris County alone.
Residents in Brazoria, Calhoun, Austin, Chambers and Orange counties also experienced outages.
On Wednesday afternoon, nearly 20,000 blackouts were reported in Louisiana, almost all in the Lake Charles area, but by evening the number was down by 13,000.
“The storms brought down trees and damaged several homes,” local officials in Newton County, Houston, analyzing the damage, rated the damage as “moderate.”
On September 14, Hurricane Nicholas made landfall in Texas, causing extensive damage and cutting power to half a million homes.
The hurricane also caused a spike in oil prices, as oil production in the United States was disrupted by extreme weather conditions.
The hurricane had reached the coast of Texas with winds of 120 kilometers per hour.
Source : Attaqqa