A strong storm that carried wind, rain and hail in some places swept through on Friday night as it left behind many homes and businesses without electricity.
American Electric Power Company (AEP) and Nueces Electric Cooperative (NEC) received calls about thousands of power outages throughout Nueces, Jim Wells and Duval counties.
At its peak, NEC had over 7,000 members without power as a result of these severe storms while AEP had 88,000 customers without power. Approximately 7,000 out of the 68,000 customers without power were in the Corpus Christi area.
“The winds with this storm bordered the strength of a category two hurricane,” stated NEC CEO, Trace McCuan. “The damage to the NEC system was significant and we had very little warning of the storm. Crews continue to work to get power restored as quickly as possible to these remaining consumers.”
As of Tuesday morning, approximately 31 NEC members on NEC power lines continue to experience electric service interruptions.
Power outages currently affect consumers in 2 counties. Currently the outages by county are: 24 in Nueces County and seven in Kleberg County.
According to Sara Fisher, chief compliance officer for NEC, 123 poles and 23 high voltage structures were damaged during the storms.
“Almost everybody is up and running,” Fisher stated.
Crews from both companies continue to work to restore power for their customers. AEP Texas doubled its resources in the area with personnel from around the state, including the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Beaumont and Johnson City, to assist with the restoration process.
Members on NEC lines who remain without power should report their outages to NEC at 1-800-632-9288. NEC members may monitor storm restoration progress through our outage viewer atwww.nueceselectric.org and on Facebook.
For the latest outage numbers please visit www.aeptexas.com. All updates are now being posted in the Stormtracker system available for viewing on the homepage.