Hurricane Season: Include Power Outage Plans
- TNMP teams experienced in restoring power after tropical storms.
- Customers should include power outages in hurricane plans.
- Safety considerations imperative for customers and line crews.
TEXAS CITY, Texas – Electricity customers are encouraged to include the possibility of power outages in their annual hurricane season preparations.
Texas-New Mexico Power's poles, wires and other facilities in Galveston and Brazoria counties have been significantly impacted by many tropical storms and hurricanes over the years, including Nicholas, Harvey and Ike in the last 15 years.
Our Gulf Coast teams are knowledgeable about and experienced in restoring power after tropical storms and hurricanes, but the work still can be challenging. Additional crews also will be staged in advance of a storm making landfall.
Not all customers may lose power in a tropical storm or hurricane, but they are encouraged to assume that they could be out for many days after a storm exits.
"Public and crew member safety is our highest priority, but we will get power restored as quickly as safety allows," TNMP President Neal Walker said. "We fully understand the importance to our customers and communities of having power available as soon as possible."
While the impact that a storm may have on our system is difficult to predict, lengthy power outages often can result.
Winds can damage equipment directly, along with broken and blowing tree limbs contacting wires and other equipment. Lightning strikes also are common causes of outages.
Flooding resulting from tropical storms also could impact service, including that:
- employees potentially could be unable to reach and / or repair equipment.
- power in areas with underground service may need to be turned off by us to ensure public safety.
Important tips for customers
See our Tropical Storms & Hurricanes page for:
- additional preparation tips for customers.
- safety tips.
- portable generator considerations.
- information for how power restoration is prioritized.
- how customers can get more information during post-hurricane restoration.
Gulf Coast communities served by TNMP
- Bailey's Prairie
- Holiday Lakes
- La Marque
- League City
- Old Ocean
- Pearland (small portion of town)
- Texas City
- West Columbia
TNMP is a transmission and distribution service provider that delivers power to more than 260,000 homes and businesses on behalf of retail electric providers in Texas. More information is available at tnmp.com/about-us.