Number of people without power in Corpus Christi continues to grow; 161,000 customers affected

Crews sheltered in place until storm passes

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - More than 161,000 people are without power in Corpus Christi after Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday night. 

On Friday, a spokesperson for AEP, the area's largest energy provider, said over 120,000 people were without power. The number continued to grow through early Saturday morning.

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The figure has more than quintupled since 6 p.m. when 31,000 people were without power.

“The numbers are getting worse through the night," AEP spokesperson Larry Jones said Friday night. "We have people coming from Louisiana, from Marfa, etcetera. We have 2000 contractors and workers from other utilities coming in... Over and above the 300 normally based here."

Jones said crews were instructed to shelter in place for now until the storm passes.

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