UPDATED: Some CenterPoint customers may be without power for days following Hurricane Nicholas damage

Hundreds of thousands are without power after Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall. (Courtesy CenterPoint Energy)
Hundreds of thousands are without power after Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall. (Courtesy CenterPoint Energy)

Hundreds of thousands are without power after Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall. (Courtesy CenterPoint Energy)

Updated 6:15 p.m. Sept. 14

Although more than 300,000 customers have had power restored since Hurricane Nicholas hit the Houston area, more than 120,000 remain without power and some may be without power for four or five days, CenterPoint Energy officials said.

According to a CenterPoint news release, since Greater Houston-area outages peaked at over 460,000 at 8 a.m. Sept. 14, more than 300,000 customers have had their power restored. However, some may have to go without power for several days.

"We want to thank our customers for their continued patience. We remain committed to continue our safe and efficient restoration efforts until all of our customers are back in service," Kenny Mercado, executive vice president, electric utility, for CenterPoint, said in the Sept. 14 release. "Due to the extensive damaged caused by the storm, impacted customers should anticipate some outages taking as long as four to five days, with the majority restored earlier as repairs are safely completed."

There are more than 3,200 electric operations employees and contractors working on restoration, with more than 1,800 linemen and tree trimmers working across areas affected by Nicholas metrowide, the release states.

Meanwhile, CenterPoint's natural gas system assessment is nearly completed, the release states.


"To help support customers who were impacted by the storm, we have temporarily suspended disconnections for nonpayment throughout the affected region," Scott Doyle, executive vice president of naturall gas, said in the release.

As of 6:37 p.m. Sept. 14, CenterPoint's outage tracker was reporting 123,421 customers without power. There are 2.6 million CenterPoint Energy customers in the Greater Houston area, according to the release.

Updated 4:37 p.m. Sept. 14

Hundreds of thousands are still without power as a result of Tropical Storm Nicholas, although CenterPoint Energy and Entergy crews have been able to restore power for many customers throughout the day. According to CenterPoint Energy's power outage map, 171,135 customers do not have power in the Houston area. Meanwhile, 1,759 customers are without power in Montgomery County, according to Entergy's outage data.

Entergy expects most of its customers will have their power returned by the night of Sept. 14, a release from the company said. The company's network in The Woodlands is expected to have power restored by 8 p.m. Sept. 14, and the company's Conroe network—which includes Montgomery and Willis—is expected to have power restored by 10 p.m. Sept. 14, the release said.

Posted 9:21 a.m. Sept. 14

CenterPoint Energy, which provides power to the Houston area including in Harris, Waller, Fort Bend and Galveston counties, is reporting 458,376 customers are without power due to Tropical Storm Nicholas as of 8:44 a.m Sept. 14. Entergy is also reporting 6,006 customers are without power in Montgomery County.

Tropical Storm Nicholas was upgraded to a hurricane around 10 p.m. Sept. 13, according to the National Weather Service. It was then downgraded back to a tropical storm around 4 a.m. Sept. 14, the National Weather Service said.

To view power outages for CenterPoint Energy customers, visit www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/residential/services/electric-utility/outage-center?sa=ho. For Entergy customers, visit www.etrviewoutage.com.


By Chandler France

Reporter, Tomball/Magnolia

Chandler joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, where he was the executive editor of Annenberg Media. He previously interned with the company in Gilbert, AZ and with the Beacon Project, an investigative reporting team in Los Angeles. Chandler is originally from Laguna Hills, CA.



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