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AEP Texas updates power outage numbers

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As of Thursday at 5 p.m., AEP Texas has restored power to 138,000 customers or over two-thirds of those left without electric service as a result of Hurricane Harvey. In Corpus Christi, crews have restored power to 86,450 customers.

Crews will continue to work until service has been restored to all customers impacted by the storm. Over 4,600 resources from around the country are working 14-16 hour days throughout the Coastal Bend area to provide safe and timely restoration of service to all customers whose homes or facilities can still take power.  We estimate that those in Corpus Christi will have power restored by 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2.

Outage Update

Progress continues on the restoration of service to the impacted areas.  Shown below are the latest outage numbers listed by area: 

Aransas Pass – Rockport Area                      38,000

Corpus Christi                                                 15,000

 Victoria                                                           13,500

Port Lavaca                                                    11,800

Sinton                                                              1,400

El Campo                                                        1,000

Beeville                                                              300

Kenedy                                                                 70

Estimated Time of Restoration (ETR)

AEP Texas has released the following projected ETRs for these communities:

Beeville:                                   Thurs., Aug. 31, 10 p.m.

Port Lavaca:                              Fri., Sept. 1, 10 p.m.

El Campo:                                Sat., Sept. 2, 10 p.m.

Victoria:                                    Sat., Sept. 2, 10 p.m.

Portland:                                  Sat., Sept. 2, 10 p.m.

Ingleside:                                 Wed., Sept. 6, 10 p.m.

Fulton:                                      Fri., Sept. 8, 10 p.m.

Port Aransas:                           Mon., Sept. 4, 10 p.m.              

 Rockport:                                Fri., Sept. 8, 10 p.m.

Aransas Pass:                         Fri., Sept. 8, 10 p.m.

Restoration dates and times are still to be determined for Seadrift, Palacios, Tivoli, Austwell, Lamar/Holiday Beach, Refugio, Goliad, Woodsboro, Berclair, Markham, Gregory, Ingleside on the Bay, Bayside, and Bonneview. Damage assessment will continue in those areas, and an ETR will be developed when that assessment is completed.

Public Safety

AEP Texas reminds customers to not approach crews while they are working to restore power.  Such actions are very unsafe and can cause distractions leading to accidents and injuries.  Also, interrupting crews while they are working slows down the restoration process.   

Please continue to consider all downed power lines as energized and dangerous. Please report downed power lines and other safety hazards like broken poles to AEPTexas.com or by calling (866) 223-8508.

Additionally, AEP Texas asks all consumers who are currently using generators to follow all safety precautions from the manufacturer. Generators should never be used inside the home.

Lastly, as power is being restored to customers around the area, residents are reminded to clear cooktops and electric stoves of any debris; and ovens should be turned off.

Damage Assessments

As of Thursday, the number of distribution poles down is 3,100. And, 500 transmission structures were damaged or knocked down by the storm. Damage assessment continues through the affected areas.

Outage map

Customers can track progress on the restoration effort by visiting the outage map at www.aeptexas.com.It features the most current available information. Customers also can sign up for outage alerts to receive updates via text or email. 

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