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CenterPoint says it has restored power to 1 million customers and aims to have 400,000 more by the end of Friday

CenterPoint says it has restored power to 1 million customers and aims to have 400,000 more by the end of Friday

HOUSTON – CenterPoint Energy says it has restored power to more than 1 million of the 2.26 million customers affected by Hurricane Beryl.

The company expects an additional 400,000 customers to have power restored by the end of the day Friday, July 12, and an additional 350,000 customers to have power restored by the end of the day Sunday, July 14.

CenterPoint says crews are nearing completion of damage assessments, with more than 8,500 miles of its routes flown and thousands of air miles traveled in the Greater Houston area. Crews have identified significant tree damage throughout the company’s system.

“Trees in the Greater Houston area have been particularly vulnerable due to three years of unusual weather, including severe freezes, drought and heavy rains this past spring. Downed trees and a significant amount of tree debris have had a major impact on CenterPoint’s pole and cable distribution system. When crews find trees damaged, blocking circuits and causing outages, they remove them to quickly restore service to impacted customers,” the company said.

“The restoration progress made to date reflects our continued commitment to delivering on our promises to our customers,” said Lynnae Wilson, senior vice president of Electric Business. “We are fully focused on achieving our next restoration goals while continuing to address issues in the hardest-hit areas where our equipment and infrastructure have sustained significant damage.”

According to the company, Hurricane Beryl caused significant structural damage in some areas, particularly along the coast where parts of the power system will need to be rebuilt. Significant damage was also caused away from the coast due to the density of Houston and the power infrastructure that serves it. Parts of these areas are also expected to experience extended outages.

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