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CenterPoint Energy reminds customers to stay vigilant during hurricane season
Customers invited to connect on social media for severe weather outage updates

Houston, TX – August 13, 2014 – The official start to hurricane season began June 1, but the peak of the season is just approaching and CenterPoint Energy urges customers to stay prepared and alert.
  “We are only half-way through hurricane season, so it’s important that customers stay informed and ready should a hurricane threaten our area. Historically, hurricane season reaches its peak during September and October,” said David Baker, vice president of Electric Operations for CenterPoint Energy. “Now is the time to make a plan if you haven’t done so already. This is especially true if you or someone you know depends on electricity for life-sustaining equipment.”
The company suggests that customers be prepared to be without service in accordance with the following guidelines:

HURRICANE

WIND SPEED

ESTIMATED OUTAGE*

CATEGORY 1

winds 74-95 mph

7 to 10 days

CATEGORY 2

winds 96-110 mph

2 to 3 wks

CATEGORY 3

winds 111-130 mph

3 to 5 wks

CATEGORY 4

winds 131-155 mph

4 to 6 wks

CATEGORY 5

winds 156 mph and up

6 to 8 wks

     *Individual restoration times will vary.

The company also encourages customers to connect with CenterPoint Energy through its social media channels, Facebook.com/CenterPointEnergy and @cnpalerts, to receive preparation tips and updates in the event that a hurricane threatens the Houston area.

For information and resources on hurricane preparedness, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/StormCenter.