Houston's latest cold front came with a little more force than expected. As previously reported, the severe weather threat Wednesday led to strong winds and gusts. Houston meteorologist Tim Pandajis reported heavy wind gusts of 61 mph hit Houston, along with a wind advisory for most of the day.
The powerful winds Thursday led to power outages throughout the city, leaving nearly 130,000 CenterPoint Energy residents without power.
#Houston: Crews are busy as outage numbers go up due to high winds. Stay at least 10 ft away from downed power lines; don't report via social media, call 713-207-2222 instead. If your power is out, our smart meters let us know; limit phone calls to emergencies only. #houwx pic.twitter.com/JG9rL4Uibb— CenterPoint Energy Alerts (@CNPalerts) October 28, 2021
CenterPoint Energy released a statement about the outages.
“CenterPoint Energy continuously monitors weather conditions. Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to the safe and reliable operation of our infrastructure. The company has robust plans in place designed to keep customers, employees, and infrastructure safe during severe weather events."
The company later shared that crews were making repairs around the city, and by 7 p.m., the number of outages dropped significantly. By 11:00 p.m., residents without power was down to just over 23,000.
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