Attention Texas! Get Ready for Hurricane Patricia!
Currently the strongest hurricane ever measured in the Western Hemisphere, Hurricane Patricia is scheduled to make landfall on the western coast of Mexico on Friday, October 23rd, 2015. A Category 5 storm, Weather.com reports maximum sustained winds of 200 mph and “the lowest pressure for any hurricane of record” at 880 millibars (25.99 inches of mercury).
What does this mean for you in the Lone Star State?
Plenty. Sure, you won’t receive the brunt of Hurricane Patricia’s immediate impact, but much of our state will receive sustained winds and rain throughout this weekend and into early next week. And when you factor in additional weather patterns approaching from the Western United States and Gulf of Mexico, it’s going to be a very wet weekend in Texas.
Many parts of Texas are already under flash flood warnings and watches, Houston is predicted to receive 8 to 12 inches of rain predicted to fall from Saturday to Monday, and other parts of the state could get anywhere from 3 to 8 inches of rain in that same time frame.
What you need to know about Hurricane Patricia and how she’ll affect you
We’ve collected a handful of tips and information to help you contend with the effects of a storm in your area:
- Prepare Your Home Against Floods
- Food & Water Safety
- Hurricane Prep: Before, During, and After the Storm
- Hurricane Supply List
- The Top Five Hurricane Preparedness Products to Have on Hand
What to do if there is an outage in your area
If your home experiences an outage related to Hurricane Patricia, you need to report it immediately to your local utility company – NOT to Direct Energy. The utility company for your area is responsible for the lights, poles, and meters bringing electricity to your home. Here are the necessary numbers for Texas:
- CenterPoint (Greater Houston area) – 1-800-332-7143
- Oncor (Dallas / Fort Worth area and into Central & East Texas) – 1-888-313-4747
- TNMP – 1-888-866-7456
- AEP Central (South Texas and the Greater Rio Grande Valley area) – 1-866-223-8508
- AEP North (The Panhandle and West Texas) – 1-866-223-8058