Strong thunderstorms knock out power to over 159,000 customers in Texas

Strong thunderstorms, which caused major flooding, knocked out power to 159,222 customers in the Houston, Texas area on Sunday night April 17 into Monday April 18, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

Network news broadcasts reported that portions of Houston were under water.

As of 4 p.m. EDT, about 54,956 customers remained without power. CenterPoint Energy, the hardest hit utility with 123,000 customer outages, said area flooding was slowing restorations efforts and in the hardest hit areas, it may take several days to complete repairs.


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