|Texas Making Preparations for Barry's Arrival
BEAUMONT July 12, 2019 - According to the National Hurricane Center, potential Tropical Storm Barry is expected to further develop today over the northern Gulf of Mexico. Although the latest projections indicate a central Louisiana landfall, we continue to prepare for the possibility that this weather system may impact our region with severe thunderstorms, strong winds, heavy rains, higher tides and coastal flooding to the state.
We ask that every customer take the appropriate action to prepare for this storm too.
We are continuously learning and improving from previous storm experiences. We are aware of the damage major storms have caused in recent years and are ready to take appropriate action before, during and following any severe weather event.
Based on previous storm responses and annual storm exercises, we are constantly updating and improving operations surrounding severe weather.
Facing severe weather can be extremely challenging; we’re committed to minimizing the effects of a bad storm.
Weather forecasts and computer models based on knowledge from past storms are used to predict the estimated number of customers without power and the number of days needed to restore power.
Power is restored faster in areas with less damage. Some of the hardest-hit areas may take longer, which should be factored into your personal storm plan. Remember, safety first.
Once the storm passes, we can fully assess the damage and will have more information to share.
Operation: Storm Ready is our internal process of continuous planning, preparation and training. And an early step, when facing a storm, is to prepare to bring in extra personnel to support the effort.
We’ve worked to storm-harden our system. From aggressive preventive maintenance programs to using steel transmission structures near the coast, elevating substations that might flood and installing “isolation” devices on lines to reduce outages, our goal is always to restore power safely and quickly.