Calling All Texans! Hurricane Patricia Approaches!
Hurricane Patricia is a huge Category 5 storm, the strongest ever reported in the Western Hemisphere, and it’s about to make landfall on the western coast of Mexico. Weather.com tells us that the hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 200 mph and “the lowest pressure for any hurricane of record” at 880 millibars (25.99 inches of mercury).
How will this affect me in Texas?
It’s simple – just because Patricia isn’t hitting Lone Star State directly, she’s still going to bring LOTS wind and rain from today into next week. Combine this huge storm with additional weather patterns from the Western United States and Gulf of Mexico, life will be very wet for many of us.
Specifically, flash flood watches and warnings have already been announced for much of West, North, and Central Texas are already under. Furthermore, Houston could experience 8 to 12 inches of rain over the next 4+ days, while 3 to 8 inches of rainfall could pay a visit to other parts of the state.
OK – What steps do I need to take regarding Hurricane Patricia?
We want to help you keep your home and family safe with these tips:
- Texas Storm Preparation Tips: West Texas and The Panhandle
- Texas Storm Preparation Tips: The Hill Country
- Texas Storm Preparation Tips: Living on the Gulf Coast
- How to Help Your Fellow Texans Who are Flood Victims
- When the Lights Go Out
- Storm Safety Tips
What happens if my power goes out?
If the power goes out in your home from the rain and winds delivered by Hurricane Patricia, you need to call your local utility company immediately – NOT First Choice Power. Your utility company takes care of the poles, lights, and meters bringing electricity to your home. Here are the five major utility companies 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