(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Nicholas knocked out power to over 485,000 homes and businesses in Texas so far on Tuesday and will likely cause thousands of outages more as it continues to drench the Houston area.
Nicholas was currently located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south-southwest of Houston and could cause life-threatening flash floods across the Deep South during the next couple of days, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Texas energy company CenterPoint Energy Inc, the company with the most outages so far, currently has about 413,000 customers without power in the Houston area. That represents about 17% of the company’s Houston-area customers.
The following table lists major outages by utility:
Power Company State/Prov Out Now Served
CenterPoint TX 413,000 2,500,000
PNM Resources – Texas New Mexico Power TX 44,000 260,000
AEP – Texas TX 15,100 1,057,900
Entergy – Texas TX 8,500 473,000
Sempra – Oncor TX 4,200 3,809,500
Sam Houston Electric Co-op TX 1,000 81,600
(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
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