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Storm knocks out power to thousands of Entergy customers

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - BY SCOTT LAWRENCE:


A line of thunderstorms packing strong winds rolled across Southeast Texas early Thursday morning, knocking out power to 20,000 Entergy customers in the utility's 27 county service area, including Jefferson County, according to Dave Caplan with Entergy.


Watch KFDM News and stay with kfdm.com for updates.


According to Caplan, about 2/3 of the outages are in the western edges of the service area, including Conroe, Huntsville and New Caney.  


Some homes and business in Beaumont have lost power. Thursday morning power was out at Sam's Wholesale Club and other nearby businesses, as well as intersections in the vicinity of I-10 and Washington. 


Caplan told KFDM News that Entergy is calling in extra crews to help restore power.  He says the utility should be able to restore power quickly to most of the customers in the Beaumont area.  Customers in other areas might not have their power back until Thursday night or Friday.


Caplan said the 2011 drought is a factor in the outages. Entergy has been working to remove dead trees from power lines but when a storm with gusty winds blows through the region it still has the capacity to cause power outages.


The storm also caused outages to about 30,000 Centerpoint customers in the Houston area and more than 35,000 in North Texas.


 

Storm knocks out power to thousands of Entergy customers

Thursday, December 20 2012, 08:15 PM CST
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