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Coastal Bend area outages total 190,000 as of 11 a.m. on Sunday

As of 11 a.m. on Sunday, 190,000 customers did not have electric service in Corpus Christi and the surrounding Coastal Bend area as a result of Hurricane Harvey.  That number compares to the 220,000 consumers left without power at the peak of outages, which occurred at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The Category 4 hurricane caused significant damage to the AEP Texas transmission and distribution system throughout the Coastal Bend service territory.  Damage assessors are working to complete a full assessment of the damage from the storm.  The slow moving storm across the AEP Texas service territory delayed typical assessment and restoration efforts. Crews continue to remove downed lines and other hazards created by the storm, which made landfall around 10 p.m. on Friday near Rockport.   Crews have begun restoration to facilities that provide priority services such as water treatment plants, hospitals and other city facilities and services.

“Our restoration efforts will continue until we have restored power to everyone,” said Tom Coad, AEP Texas vice president of Distribution Region Operations.  “There may be times over the next few days where we may have to pull crews back temporarily in some areas if the anticipated rain and other inclement weather create unsafe conditions. Fortunately, we don’t anticipate any weather-related problems today.”

Coad noted that the Rockport and Port Aransas areas were hardest hit by the storm.  The amount of devastation in those areas likely will require a longer restoration time than other areas.

AEP Texas has learned that a dog was electrocuted in Corpus Christi when it came into contact with an energized downed power line as a result of Hurricane Harvey.  This unfortunate accident serves as a reminder to stay away from areas where there may be downed power lines.  Please consider any downed power lines to be energized and dangerous and call 1-866-223-8508 to report a fallen power line or utility pole. AEP Texas is removing downed lines and other hazards as quickly as possible.  Please supervise children and pets when outdoors.

Customers are asked to hold off calling the Customer Solution Center to report outages for now.  “As we get a little further into our restoration effort, we will ask customers to begin calling to ensure that we are aware that their neighborhood remains without service,” Coad said.

Shown below is a breakdown of the outages by areas.

Aransas Pass                                                      47,000

Corpus Christi                                                     76,000

Victoria                                                                 29,000

Port Lavaca                                                         14,300

El Campo                                                             9,300

Sinton                                                                   6,000

Beeville                                                                5,000

Residents can track progress on the restoration effort by visiting the outage area at www.aeptexas.com. There is a real-time map featuring the most current available information.  Customers also can sign up for outage alerts to receive updates via text or email.

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