October 01, 2017

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Electric Industry Impacts, Restoration, and Cost Recovery

By Everett Britt

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas shoreline and began a slow, meandering trek on and off and along the Texas coast. Heavy rains from the storm persisted in southeast Texas until August 31. Harvey’s initial impact came from its intense hurricane-force winds, but as those winds lessened and the storm’s path slowed to a crawl, the primary danger came from the steady and sustained rainfall that blanketed a wide swath of Texas and created an unprecedented flooding event.

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