Nicholas knocked out your power, internet? Get plugged in at these centers, hotspots across the Houston area

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HOUSTON – Due to the impact of Tropical Storm Nicholas and power outages in several neighborhoods, public and private resources are becoming available across the Houston area to help with electronic devices and internet access.

Among them, the Houston Health Department will open four multi-service centers from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday for people without power who need to charge their phones or other electronic devices. The centers have restrooms and air conditioning but are NOT overnight or long-term shelters. The following locations will open Tuesday:

  • Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 9314 Cullen Blvd.
  • Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Rd.
  • Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Dr.
  • West End Multi-Service Center, 170 Heights Blvd.
  • Freed Community Center, 6818 Shadyvilla Ln.
  • Edgewood Community Center, 5803 Bellfort Ave.
  • Marian Park Community Center, 11101 S. Gessner Rd.
  • Tuffly Community Center, 3200 Russell St.

Comcast is offering Xfinity wifi hotspots in the Houston area Tuesday to help people affected by Tropical Storm Nicholas.

You don’t have to be a Comcast customer to access the hotspots, according to a news release from the company.

Non-XFINITY Internet customers should search for the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available networks and follow the on-screen prompts.

For a map of XFINITY WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors please visit or download the XFINITY WiFi app from the iTunes App store or Google Play.

For more information, visit

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