BEAUMONT, Texas — Power outages resulting from high winds affected more than 3,000 Entergy customers in Southeast Texas.
According to Entergy's website, the Sunday outages affected more than 2,000 customers in Jefferson County, and more than 500 customers in Montgomery and Orange counties.
Entergy officials told 12News that high winds caused the outages. A wind advisory was in affect for parts of Southeast Texas until 7 p.m.
Entergy officials said customers can to stay up to date on estimated restoration times on their View outages map. Restoration times are estimates only according to the Entergy website.
Entergy officials are highly encouraging customers to sign up for text alerts to get updates on their individual outages
"Indication that power is restored to your area does not guarantee your house/business has power. We cannot restore power to structures with damaged electrical equipment," according to Entergy.
This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.
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Here’s some tips from the Entergy website on how to stay safe during an outage…
Create an emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, and first aid supplies.
Maintain supplies of healthy and filling snacks that don't require refrigeration, such as dried fruits, nuts and protein bars.
Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
Learn about the emergency plans established in your area by contacting your state or local emergency management agency.
If you rely on anything that's battery-operated or power dependent, such as a medical device, have a backup plan.
Maintain backup generators according to manufacturers' recommendations and store an adequate supply of fuel in a safe place.
During an outage, disconnect or switch off appliances and electronic equipment that were running when the power went out. Avoid opening refrigerators and freezers to save cold air and preserve food longer.
Generators | Operate backup generators safely by following manufacturer's instructions. Don't attempt to connect your generator to the electrical system; it can backfeed to outdoor utility lines and injure or kill utility service personnel. An automatic transfer switch — installed by a qualified electrician — will help to ensure safe operation. Learn more here.
Refrigerated foods | Discard any perishable items in your refrigerator or freezer that may not be safe to consume. A refrigerator keeps food at a safe temperature for up to four hours during a power outage if it remains closed. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends discarding foods such as meat, poultry and eggs if they've been above 40°F for more than two hours. Learn more here.
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