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UPDATES: Entergy says most of Beaumont, Port Arthur to be restored Wednesday 10 p.m.

Hurricane Delta made landfall at about 6 p.m. Friday in southwest Louisiana. Here's what we know about recovery efforts.

BEAUMONT, Texas — This article contains ongoing updates on Hurricane Delta, including weather-related closures and event cancellations and updates on evacuation orders. You can find more details by scrolling through the story, which we are updating throughout the day and night. The newest items will be at the top.

Oct. 14, 4:25 p.m. — Entergy is reporting that as of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday 3,662 customers were still without power down from the 108,891 that lost power at the peak of Hurricane Delta last week. Those without power remain in Beaumont and Port Arthur according to the utility company.

In the Port Arthur network, where 2,738 customers are without power, most are expected to be restored by 10 p.m. Wednesday night with the remainder getting power back on Thursday.

Here’s where Entergy is still working in the Port Arthur area…

  • Port Arthur along Bluebonnet
  • Port Arthur along Memorial Blvd between 25th and Hwy-73, 
  • Griffing Park
  • South end of Pleasure Island,
  • Pear Ridge between Woodworth and 9th
  • Sabine Pass
  • Port Acres

In the Beaumont network, where 924 customers are without power, most are expected to be restored by 10 p.m. Wednesday night with the remainder getting power back on Thursday.

Here’s where Entergy is still working in the Beaumont area…

  • Near College Street and Wescalder
  • Near Broussard, Ohio Street, Hebert Street, and Marie Street.
  • I-10 and Eloise Street
  • Area near Pignut Road

If you receive a message saying your power has been restored but are still experiencing an outage – please call 1-800-9OUTAGE to report your address.

TUESDAY

Oct. 13, 4:40 p.m. — Entergy now reports that only 9,991 of its customers in Southeast Texas are still without power according to a news release from the company. At peak nearly 109,000 customers had lost power due to Hurricane Delta.

The utility has nearly 2,200 workers currently working to restore power the rest of it's customers the release said.

Energy expects to finish restoring power to the "majority of its customers"  in the following areas...

  • Today: Orange
  • Wednesday by 10 p.m.: Port Arthur and Beaumont

Entergy expects any remaining customers to have power by Thursday the release said.

MONDAY

Oct. 12, 6:10 p.m. — Entergy says that as of 4 p.m. Monday only 27,083 of their Southeast Texas customers are still without power. Entergy says that 82,000 of 108,891 customers who lost power at the peak of the storm have been restored.

The utility company says it is 98% complete with power restoration and estimates power back for all by Thursday.

  • Port Arthur by Wednesday, October 14 by 10pm, with any remaining customers by Thursday;
  • Beaumont by Wednesday, October 14 by 10pm, with any remaining customers by Thursday;
  • Orange by Tuesday, October 13 by 12:00pm, with any remaining customers by Wednesday.

Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. — Entergy Texas has 31,914 customers currently without power, which is down from 108,891 at the peak of the storm. Utility crews have restored power to about 76,000 customers. The remaining outages are primarily concentrated in the Beaumont, Orange, and Port Arthur areas. 

Here is a list of outages: 

Port Arthur — 19,798
Beaumont — 8,720
Orange — 3,118

Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m.  — Two days after Hurricane Delta caused power outages to approximately 4,700 Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative members, JNEC’s restoration team has restored power to all customers affected by Hurricane Delta.

Oct. 11, 4:22 p.m.  — Little Cypress- Mauriceville CISD says it has had significant damage to its Internet and phone systems during Hurricane Delta and will not have virtual or face to face classes on Monday, October 12.

"Work is being done to try to get us back up and running so we can resume classes on Tuesday, October 13."

SUNDAY

Oct. 11, 4 p.m.  — Lamar State College Orange announces it will resume schedules on Wednesday.

Oct. 11, 3 p.m.  —  Port Arthur ISD announces its administration building, all schools, and the district's feeding program will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12 and Tuesday, Oct. 13. All students, in-person and virtual learners, will resume their classes on Wednesday, Oct.14.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur will also be closed Oct. 12 and will reopen Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Oct. 11, 2 p.m.  — Nederland ISD announces its buildings will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12. Employees are set to come back on Tuesday. Students are scheduled to come back Wednesday.

MORE | Full list of Southeast Texas school closures here

Oct. 11, 7 a.m.  — Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative restored power to more than 4,290 meters, leaving about 403 meters without power. Utility crews are still working in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Delta, including Deweyville, Newton, Buna and Bon Wier. Anyone still without power, should contact JNEC to report their power outage. 69 people in Jasper, 265 people in Newton and 69 people in Orange are still without power. 

Oct. 10, 9:30 p.m.  — 53,165 people in Jefferson County, 16,147 in Orange County and 750 people in the Jasper Newton Electric Cooperative are still without power, according to a JNEC statement and Entergy's website. 

Credit: KBMT

Oct. 10, 7 p.m.  — Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative's restoration team announced power has been restored to about 3,950 out of more than 4,700 people who lost power, twenty-four hours after Hurricane Delta made landfall in Southwest Louisiana.  

Oct. 10, 3 p.m.  — Entergy reported 88,000 - 89,000 homes and businesses are still without power. Jefferson County and Orange County were the hardest hit areas. Entergy is working to have all power restored within 7 days. More than 1,200 utility workers are currently working to restore power and Entergy has requested additional help. 

Oct. 10, 2 p.m.  — Nederland Mayor Don Albanese announces curfew order for the city starting at 10 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday. The curfew order has a few exceptions. Read full order here.

Oct. 10, 1 p.m.  — Port Neches Mayor Glenn Johnson announces a mandatory curfew for residents of the city. The order goes into effect Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10 p.m. The mandatory curfew order says it will be unlawful for any person to be outside his or her residence between the hours of 10 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday until this order is terminated. The order has a list of exceptions. Read full order here. 

Credit: KBMT

Oct. 9, 7:50 p.m.  — The Texas Department of Public of Safety has reopened the Rainbow and Veterans Bridges according to a tweet from TxDOT. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling on the bridges.

Oct. 9, 7 p.m.  — The Galveston Ferry is back in service as of about 7 p.m. according to a tweet from the ferry service.

Oct. 9, 6:50 p.m.  — Orange County Judge Gothia provided spoke with 12News regarding the differences between Hurricane Delta and Hurricane Laura.

"Just waiting for the storm to pass so we can assess the damage. Was worried about the debris piles from Laura.. but was driving around and they seem to be untouched, not moved by the wind. Good news, no reports of electric poles down. That was the case with Laura. Getting reports of trees/branches  down on power lines.  Hoping this will me a a quick, fast fix. But Entergy crews cannot get out until after the storm."

Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.  —  The city of Pinehurst says there is a large pine tree blocking the road in the 2500 block of 35th Street. There is also a tree across the road in the curve on Woodlark Street, which is about two blocks from the tree on 35th, officials say.

Crews will not be able to remove the tree until after the storm has passed. Use alternate routes and be safe when traveling in that area. 

Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.  — Texas Department of of Transportation services (TxDOT) confirmed the Rainbow and Veterans Bridges are closed until further notice due to weather conditions.

Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m.  — Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bartie said lots of people in the city are without power, fences have been knocked down and trampolines are in alleyways. Bartie said lots of debris is in the road. "I pray to God the eye is away from us," Bartie said. He said he's also praying for those on other side of storm.

Oct. 9, 5:15 p.m. — 42,512 homes and businesses are now without power across Southeast Texas, according to Entergy's website. 

Oct. 9, 5 p.m. Hurricane Delta made landfall near Grand Cheniere, Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

Oct. 9, 4:15 p.m. —  30,264 are now without power across eight counties in Southeast Texas.

Oct. 9, 3:55 p.m. — Mayor Becky Ames signs declaration of local state of disaster the City of Beaumont following Hurricane Delta impact.

Oct. 9, 3:31 p.m. —  In Jefferson County alone, 14,419 homes and businesses are without power according to Entergy's map. In Orange County, 4,562 customers are now in the dark. 

Oct. 9, 3 p.m. — 5,491 people are without power in Jefferson County and 1,453 people are without power in Orange County, according to Entergy's website. 12,154 total are without power across Southeast Texas.

Credit: Entergy
Power outages due to Hurricane Delta 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 listed on Entergy's website.

Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m. — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and state emergency management officials said they wanted to remind drivers the Rainbow and Veterans Bridges will be closed when wind speeds are unsafe for drivers. 

Oct. 9, 12:30 p.m. — Legacy Community Health clinics in Beaumont will close at 2 p.m. Friday today due to inclement weather, but virtual appointments will still be held. 

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause," Legacy Health said in a news release. "The safety of our patients and staff is our priority.

Oct. 9, 12:18 p.m. — City of Beaumont facilities, including city hall, libraries, golf courses, the tennis center and event service venues will be closed Saturday and Sunday. If weather permits, the city landfull will be open Saturday and Beaumont Municipal Transit buses will resume operation at noon.

Oct. 9, 12 p.m. — Mayor Dan Mohon has declared a state of emergency for the City of Pinehurst in anticipation of Hurricane Delta. There are no evacuation orders in place following the emergency declaration.

Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m. — The Coast Guard rescued four people stranded on dunes trapped due to storm surge from Hurricane Delta at Port Mansfield, near Corpus Christi. A helicopter crew took all four people to the Port Mansfield Airport. 

Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m. — The City of Beaumont's transit services are cancelled all day Friday today and will resume at noon tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 10.

Oct. 8, 8 p.m. — Volunteers with the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention Disaster Relief Teams are preparing to respond "once again" to Hurricane Delta. The group just finished helping areas of Southeast Texas damaged by Hurricane Laura and are still helping parts of Louisiana, organizers said in a news release. 

“With the expected arrival of Delta to Louisiana, we will be working two different hurricanes at the same time within the state of Louisiana,” SBTCDR Director Scottie Stice said. 

Oct. 8, 6:45 p.m. — Westbound traffic is extremely heavy on I-10 leaving Louisiana as people evacuate ahead of Hurricane Delta. 

Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m. —  Jasper Newton Electric Cooperative is evaluating Hurricane Delta and the latest updates from the National Weather Service, and is encouraging families to have an emergency plan in place. JNEC is 'making necessary preparations to ensure power is restored to our members should outages occur.'

Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m. — Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick announces the closure of county offices for Friday, Oct. 9, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Branick said only 'essential personnel' will be required to be available.

MORE | LIVE BLOG: Southeast Texas school closures as Hurricane Delta threatens Gulf coast

Oct. 8, 2 p.m. — Nederland ISD announces it will be closed Friday, Oct. 9. The district plans to resume with regular hours on Monday, Oct. 12. The district is still planning to participate in the Saturday football game against Jacksonville.

Oct. 8, 12:26 p.m. — Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD has cancelled in-person instruction for Friday, October 9, due to the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Delta, according to district representative Sherry Holmes. Students and teachers will continue class remotely and buildings will be closed. School is scheduled to resume on Monday, October 12. 

The homecoming game, rescheduled for today, will start at 6 p.m. with the homecoming ceremony beginning at 5:15 p.m., according to the district's news release.

Oct. 8, 11:35 a.m. —  All classes at Port Arthur ISD schools and at the Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies STEM School in Port Arthur and Orange will be virtual with no face-to-face classes on Friday.

Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m. — Orange County Judge John Gothia has declared a state of disaster for the county in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Delta. 

Oct. 8, 11:15 a.m. —  Newton County Judge Kenneth Weeks has declared a state of disaster for the county in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Delta.

Oct. 8, 11 a.m. —  A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for Sabine Pass and Pleasure Island by Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bartie.

Oct. 8, 9:55 a.m. — Jasper County Judge Mark Allen has declared a state of disaster for the county in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Delta.

Oct. 8, 9:15 a.m. — The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles will be closing TODAY at noon due to the approach and potential impact of Hurricane Delta according to a post on the casino's Facebook page.

Oct. 8, 8 a.m. — Sand bags are available for Orange County residents,

  • Maintenance barn, North Hwy 87 at North Teal
  • 11897 State Hwy 62 in Mauriceville across from Market Basket
  • County Maintenance barn, 2502 West Roundbunch Road
  • County Maintenance, 375 Claiborne Street

Oct. 8, 7:45 a.m. — The 7 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center shows Delta is a category two storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and is about 425 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana. READ MORE

Tracking Hurricane Delta

Be prepared if a storm comes our way

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Make a home inventory
  • Have a current copy of your declarations page that has your policy number and your agent's number
  • Review your policy with your insurance agent to determine if you have adequate coverage
  • Repair loose boards, shingles, shutters and downspouts to prevent them from becoming an issue in high winds or torrential rain
  • Have an evacuation plan, and include plans for your pets
  • Make sure your emergency equipment is in working order, including a battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries. Also, make sure to gather all medicine, replenish your first-aid kit and stock a week's worth of non-perishable food and water
  • Charge your cell phone and fill your car with gas
  • Program all emergency phone numbers

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DURING THE STORM

  • If you are advised to evacuate, leave as soon as possible. Retain all related receipts - they may be considered in your claim. If you aren't in a recommended evacuation and you plant to stay home, stay informed by listening to weather alerts
  • Keep windows and doors closed at all time, and, if possible, board them up with wooden or metal shutters
  • Stay away from the windows and in the center of the room, or, stay in an interior room
  • Avoid flood water, as it may be electrically charged from downed power lines
  • Check on family members and friends

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AFTER THE STORM

  • Check to be sure your family members are safe
  • If you did evacuate, wait for official notice that it is safe to re-enter your neighborhood and your house
  • Document damaged property, and take photos and videos. Don't dispose of any damaged items without approval
  • Keep a record of any temporary repairs or expenses to prevent further damage to your property.

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