AEP Texas crews are still working around the clock to restore power in several areas of the Coastal Bend. As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, they said they have finished restoring power to almost 90-percent of the 220,000 customers left without power at the peak of the outages.
Crews are concentrating their efforts in the Aransas Pass, Rockport, Victoria and Refugio areas -- the areas most devastated by the storm. However, they said they are still working in other areas throughout the Coastal Bend where there are outages affecting small groups of customers.
Below are the latest outage numbers by area (where the highest number of outages remain):
Aransas Pass/Rockport area: 25,000
Victoria area: 1,600
Port Lavaca/Refugio area: 1,700
AEP Texas released the latest estimated time of restoration for the following communities:
Rockport-Fulton: 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8
Port Aransas: 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8
Aransas Pass: 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8
Refugio: 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8
Woodsboro: 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8
Tivoli: 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8
Austwell: 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8
For communities not listed above, the estimated time of restoration is 10 p.m. Friday, if not sooner.
AEP Texas urges customers to use caution when using home generators in areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey due to restoration activities. They said to connect any appliances directly to the generator, and do not connect your home's electrical system into the generator. Officials said this will prevent a dangerous back-feed situation.
Customers should also clear any items from stove tops and ovens and make sure they are turned off.
AEP Texas said customers should not approach crews while they are working. Not only does it slow down the restoration process, but it could cause distractions leading to accidents.
Consider ALL downed power lines energized and dangerous. Report them, along with other safety hazards such as broken power poles, at AEPTexas.com, or call 1-866-223-8508.