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Updated 10:06 a.m. CDT Tuesday
More than 400,000 CenterPoint Energy customers are without power and parts of Harris County remain under a flood advisory as Tropical Storm Nicholas moved through Greater Houston Tuesday.
As of 10:04 a.m., CenterPoint Energy reported 417,998 customers without power as wind speeds ranged from 44 mph in Houston to 50 mph in Galveston, and 75 mph further southwest near Port O’Connor and Matagorda Bay.
About 150,000 homes were without power in Houston alone Tuesday morning, according to Houston Emergency Management Coordinator Thomas Munoz.
CenterPoint did not provide a timeline for power restoration.
Texas’ grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, reduced planned maintenance outages in areas expected to be hardest hit by the storm, and instructed power companies to use emergency procedures in preparation.
In an email, ERCOT insisted that any power outages from the storm are likely to be at the local distribution level, and recommended anyone experiencing outages to contact their electric service providers.
Galveston had received nearly 14 inches of rain by 5 a.m., with parts of Houston seeing more than 6-and-a-half inches.