AEP Texas says 200,000 customers without power

AEP Texas says utility crews continue to arrive at staging areas around South Texas so they can start restoring power to the 200,000 customers without lights as of 9 a.m. this morning.

AEP Texas says utility crews continue to arrive at staging areas around South Texas so they can start restoring power to the 200,000 customers without lights as of 9 a.m. this morning.

The outages are centered around Corpus Christi and the surrounding communities.

In a news release, the company says while weather conditions have improved dramatically, the winds must fall below 30 mph before AEP bucket trucks can be used to remove downed power lines.

“Right now, we are trying to determine if we can safety let crews begin this first step,” said Tom Coad, AEP Texas vice president of Distribution Region Operations. “At the same time, in areas where it is safe to do so, we will instruct our damage assessors to begin activities to determine the extent of the damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey.”

Coad says damages are significant with 54 substations and 56 transmission lines out of service.

Here is the number of AEP customers without power as of 9 a.m.

  • Aransas Pass – 47,000
  • Corpus Christi Southside Area – 46,000
  • Corpus Christi Midtown Area – 42,000
  • Victoria – 24,000
  • Port Lavaca – 14,000
  • Corpus Christi Northwest Area – 9,000
  • El Campo – 6,000
  • Beeville – 6,000
  • Sinton – 6,000