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Power outage timeline expected Thursday morning

Power outage timeline expected Thursday morning

CenterPoint Energy will begin to provide “more specific” estimates Thursday morning for when customers without power can expect it to return, the company said in a Wednesday afternoon press release.

The estimates, if they arrive on time, would come about 72 hours after Hurricane Beryl wiped out electricity for over 2 million CenterPoint customers in Greater Houston. Since then, a lack of information about outages and expected restoration timelines has frustrated Houstonians languishing without power in sweltering heat.

Previously, CenterPoint had said only that it expected to restore power to 1 million customers by the end of the day Wednesday. As of 1 pm Wednesday, the company said it had restored over 914,000 customers’ electricity, or 40 percent of those impacted by the storm. About 1.3 million customers remained without power.

In the Wednesday statement, CenterPoint said Beryl caused extensive damage to the company’s electric poles and wires.

“Center parts of CenterPoint’s service area experienced major damage (during Beryl), especially along the coast where its system will need to be rebuilt,” the company said. “Uprooted and downed trees on poles and wires have also caused significant damage in many areas across Greater Houston.”

CenterPoint is currently deploying restoration personnel from 18 staging sites across its service area, the most ever arranged by the company in a storm response.

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Clare Amari covers public safety for the Houston Landing. Clare previously worked as an investigative reporter for The Greenville News in South Carolina, where she reported on police use of force, gender-based… More by Clare Amari