Tips to know before starting your generator during a power outage
In the aftermath of a storm, a generator can be a crucial part of your recovery. It can power a fan, turn on some lights and keep your food cool. But many people only use a generator in an emergency and don’t operate them properly. This can lead to serious injury or death.
Winter storm, power outages increasing patient load for hospitals
Gee, who was last seen by family the day before she died, was in a complex whose power had been shut off during this week’s storm. “It really doesn’t take very low temperatures to put us in a difficult situation,” said Dr. David Callender, the president and CEO of the Memorial Hermann system. They are people who need dialysis or oxygen but they don’t have power at home or at the facility they usually visit. This week, Memorial Hermann saw more than 100 patients alone. “Unfortunately it sneaks up on us and there really aren’t obvious symptoms until we may be near unconsciousness,” he said.
This is what people are saying about power outages across the Houston area, Texas
Update: my neighbor payed for a room for me and the boys at the hotel i have been sitting in the lobby in since 930pm yesterday. Checkin is in 2 hours. I haven’t slept in over 24 hours. I am weary but ok. Pls continue to amplify for those still stuck in their homes. #poweroutage
Frustration expressed over images of downtown Houston lit up during major winter power outage
But why downtown Houston empty office buildings lit up like nothing is happening? “... why millions are without power but downtown is lit up like a Christmas tree.......” William Tischina posted on KPRC 2 Facebook page. “Why is downtown lit up when people are told to conserve power… Unacceptable!” said another KPRC 2 viewer. KPRC 2 was able to grab a photo of downtown Houston:Downtown Houston lit up during major power outage due to winter storm on Feb 15, 2021. I love our skyline at night, but we all need to do our parts to conserve energy.
Expert says power outages in Texas result of poor planning on multiple levels
HOUSTON – More than 1 million customers in the Houston area are left without power in the coldest stretch of weather in decades. “The private company providers and generators of that power, their operations totally froze up,” Abbott said. He posted a Tweet that said, “Neither the City of Houston nor Harris County controls or regulates ERCOT or the power generators. “The ERCOT market design is fatally flawed,” said Ed Hirs, the University of Houston energy fellow. Hirs said those generators typically focus their efforts on the summer months -- when they expect their power plants to have high demand.
Here is how local officials prioritize who gets their power restored after storm
HOUSTON – With winter storm conditions in the forecast, there’s a chance the power could go out. So who gets their service restored first? “Our crews really work to restore first the facilities that are key to the health and welfare of the community,” said CenterPoint spokesperson Olivia Koch. Then, the team works to fix lines that would affect a large number of customers. Finally, crews would work to repair service drops and underground lines linked to individual homes, according to CenterPoint’s website.
5 things to do now to make sure your device works during a power outage
(If you don’t have power banks, consider devices you have that could also double as chargers for your device. Phone Settings. Change your phone settings to “low power mode” on IOS or “battery saver” on Android phones. Even though you are not using your device, it could be searching for cell service and that will drain your battery quickly. If you need to evacuate, you may not have reliable cell phone service.
Thousands of Houston-area families struggle without power after Hurricane Laura
Many families across Montgomery County were affected by the loss of power Thursday after Hurricane Laura hit Texas and Louisiana. Trina Brown-Boyd lives in the Oak Ridge area, where families lost power for almost eight hours. Entergys website showed more than 100,000 customers in Montgomery County were without power for a huge chunk of the day. https://t.co/fWHqA969e2 Entergy Texas (@EntergyTX) August 27, 2020Entergy told KPRC 2 the power outages are due to the damage from Hurricane Laura to their transmission system in East Texas and West Louisiana. Due to the ongoing outages, MD Anderson, The Woodlands, Montgomery ISD, Splendora ISD, and Conroe ISD will all be closed Friday.
98% of Lake Charles residents without power after catastrophic destruction from Hurricane Laura
LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana Less than 24 hours after Hurricane Laura devastated much of southeast Louisiana, thousands of residents in Lake Charles were left in the dark and struggling to make it back to their homes through tangles of trees, downed power lines and other debris. Almost every street in Lake Charles suffered some form of damage. Hundreds of homes suffered damage ranging from the cosmetic to the devastating. By late afternoon, many who live outside of Lake Charles still couldnt get home to even assess what is left of their property. There is dusk until dawn curfew is in effect in Lake Charles.