How Will Hurricane Patricia Affect Me in Texas?

By Adam P. Newton, October 23, 2015, Hurricane Prep

Hey there, Texas! Ready for Hurricane Patricia?

If you haven’t heard yet, the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere is about to hit the western coast of Mexico, is scheduled to make landfall on the western coast of Mexico, A Category 5 storm, Weather.com reports that Hurricane Patricia 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 Hurricane Patricia Affect Me in Texas?

Hurricane Patricia Map courtesy of National Weather Service National Hurricane Center (https://www.facebook.com/NWSNHC)

But I live in Texas, not Mexico!

That’s true. Our state won’t get hit by the worst of Hurricane Patricia’s, but as she moves through Mexico, she’ll deliver sustained winds and rain from today and into next week. And when you consider other weather systems moving in from the Western United States and Gulf of Mexico, we’re going to be wet for several days.

Lots of West, North, and Central Texas are already under flash flood watches and warnings. Also, 8 to 12 inches of rain are predicted to land in Houston from now until Monday, while and much of the rest of the state could experience 3 to 8 inches of rainfall during that same few days.

So, what do I need to do about Hurricane Patricia?

Here are a handful of essential links with important info about what to do in extreme weather of this nature:

What happens if I lose power?

If you lose power in your home because of the winds and rain from Hurricane Patricia, please call your local utility company immediately – NOT Bounce Energy. This is the company in your area that takes care of the lights, poles, and meters that bring electricity to your home. Here is who to call:

  • CenterPoint (Greater Houston area) – 1-800-332-7143
  • Oncor (Dallas / Fort Worth area and into Central & East Texas)1-888-313-4747
  • TNMP1-888-866-7456
  • 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

We recommend that you do not underestimate the potential for high winds and lots of rain from Hurricane Patricia. Follow Bounce Energy on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the storm.

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Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Adam P. Newton never acquired the charming accent that most life-long Texans possess in spades, but he’s OK with that. Adam currently creates and curates online content for Direct Energy. Before his career in content marketing, Adam spent several years toiling as a music journalist.

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