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Entergy Texas Prepared For Tropical Storm Beta

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Entergy Texas, Inc. is continuing to monitor and plan for any potential impacts from Tropical Storm Beta. The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for parts of the Gulf Coast and anticipates the storm may produce strong winds, heavy rains and flash flooding across Southeast Texas.

Entergy Texas crews are prepared to safely restore service to customers as quickly as possible when conditions permit. With the potential for flooding, restoration times could be extended in some areas, where flooding makes it difficult to move crews and access our facilities. In addition to bringing in additional crews, Entergy Texas has also mobilized high water vehicles and other equipment to aid in the restoration effort.

“As we continue to monitor Tropical Storm Beta and prepare for its impacts to Southeast Texas, we encourage our customers to do the same,” said Allen East, vice president of distribution operations for Entergy Texas. “Given the uncertainty and slow track of the storm, our region could start seeing impacts from Beta as early as this evening, and customers should be prepared for severe weather including flooding through the middle part of next week.”

Although power has been restored to all customers in Texas following Hurricane Laura, crews continue to repair damage to the region’s transmission system. While these transmission structures are being repaired, Entergy Texas’ engineering and operations groups are working to ensure the safe and stable operation of the electric grid.

Download the Entergy App at entergyapp.com. Customers can use the app to report outages or check on the status of power at their home or business.

Entergy’s View Outages website includes maps that show where outages are located and give information about restoration progress.

Sign up for text alerts by texting REG to 36778 and have your account number and ZIP code handy. The registration pattern is as follows including spaces: REG (account number) (ZIP code). Once registered, text OUT to 36778 to report an outage. You can also report an outage online as a guest.

Beta Makes Landfall Today with 4-7 Inches of Rain Expected

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Greg Bostwick, Chief Meteorologist at KFDM-TV, reports that Beta remains weak and continues to move toward the Texas coast. Landfall is expected well to our southwest later today between Port Lavaca and Corpus Christi. After landfall, Beta should drift over South Texas tonight into Tuesday before ejecting out to the northeast Wednesday into Thursday.

Locally, periods of rain will continue into Wednesday. However, no flooding is expected with rainfall amounts of no more than 4-7 inches between now and Wednesday night. Occasional wind gusts to 30-40 mph will be possible near the coast mainly today.

Laura Expected to Strengthen to Category 3 Hurricane

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Laura Expected to Strengthen to Category 3 Hurricane

Tropical Storm Laura is expected to strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday over the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said Tuesday morning.

The storm strengthened overnight and was near hurricane strength as of 7 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said. Laura is expected to make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday around the Louisiana/Texas state line.

Portions of Louisiana are under a hurricane watch and a tropical storm watch related to Laura. A dangerous storm surge is expected – up to 11 feet in some places – along with strong winds and rain.

Mandatory Evacuation Called for Orange County

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Orange County and City Officials are calling for a Mandatory Evacuation for all of Orange County at 6 am, Tuesday, August 25th, 2020.

Citizens who cannot evacuate themselves can find transportation resources at either of the two embarkation sites in the county. Evacuees can arrive at the location at 9 am, Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2020.

  • Lamar State College Orange, 410 Front Street, Orange Texas 77630
  • Vidor Elementary, 400 Old Hwy 90 E, Vidor Texas 77662

If you are unable to get to one of the transportation sites on your own you can call the following numbers – These phone numbers will begin to be answered at 6 am Tuesday morning.

  • For County Residents – Emergency Management – 409-745-9794 or 409-745-9765
  • For City of Orange Residents – City of Orange – 409-883-1050
  • For City of West Orange Residents – City of West Orange – 409-883-7574
  • For City of Pinehurst Residents – City of Pinehurst – 409-886-2221
  • For Bridge City Residents – City of Bridge City – 409-735-5028
  • For Vidor area Residents – City of Vidor 409-238-6444

Mandatory Evac Issued for Orange County Nursing Homes – Voluntary Evac for Others

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Mandatory Evac Issued for Orange County Nursing Homes - Voluntary Evac for Others

Orange County Judge John Gothia issued a Disaster Declaration for Orange County today.

County and City Officials are recommending a VOLUNTARY EVACUATION for all of Orange County and all of its Municipalities due to the uncertainty of Hurricane Marco and Hurricane Laura.

At this time Officials are issuing a mandatory evacuation FOR nursing homes ONLY.

There is NOT a mandatory evacuation for Orange County Citizens at this time. Officials are meeting and will make that decision this afternoon after the weather briefing.

Judge Gothia has directed the Orange County Courthouse and Non-Emergency Offices will close Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

Emergency response office will remain open.

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