(Reuters) – More than 150,000 homes and businesses in Texas were still without power on Tuesday evening as utilities started restoring service faster than Tropical Storm Nicholas caused new outages, according to local utilities.
That is down from a peak of 529,000 customers out in Texas on Tuesday morning.
Nicholas was downgraded to a “tropical depression” late Tuesday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Storm surge was expected to ebb now, the NHC said.
Texas energy company CenterPoint Energy Inc, the company with the most outages so far, had about 110,442 customers without power in the Houston area Tuesday evening, down from a peak of around 454,000 earlier in the day.
The following table lists major outages by utility, including about 87,000 outages in Louisiana left from Hurricane Ida over two weeks ago since Nicholas is expected to move from Texas to Louisiana on Wednesday:
Power Company State/Province Out Now Served
CenterPoint TX 110,442 2,500,000
Entergy – Louisiana (from Ida) LA 80,572 over 1,000,000
PNM Resources – Texas New Mexico Power TX 24,400 260,000
AEP – Texas TX 14,600 1,057,900
Entergy – Texas TX 473,000
Dixie Electric Membership (from Ida) LA 6,620 112,400
Texas Total 150,720
Louisiana Total 87,192
(Reporting by Jessica Resnick-Ault Additional reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Steve Orlofsky, Marguerita Choy and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)