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                                                                                                     Regulated indusries Section )

By  Everett  Britt

        n August  25, 2017, Hurricane HIlarvey made
        landfall on the Texas shoreline and began  a
        slow,  mxteandering trek on and off and along
the Texas coast. Heavy  rains from the storm persisted in
southeast Texas until August 31, Harvey's iritial 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.
   Barely two weeks  later, on September  10, 2017, H-1ur-
ricane Irma made  landfall in the Florida Keys and on
mainlann Florida several hours thereafter, cont inu ing
north rhrough  Florida and into Georgia before losing its
tropical characteristics on September 12. [rma 's impa ct
was  widespread,  with the state's largest utility describ-
ing it as the largest trricane event the utility had ever
faced. Tropical force winds were  experienced in all but
one  county in Florida.
   This article describes the major impacts of Hurricanes
Harvey  and Irma  on electric comnpa-
nies in their paths, the companies'
restoration efots, and how   recovery
of the stor m-reate d costs for electric
utilities may 1be addrmessedi under theS
applicable reulatory  frameworks..
   Hurricane Harvey  made  landfall
near Rockpomt, Texas, as a Category  4
hurricane with ' sstainedl winds of
ever 100 miles  per hour and gusts
exceeding  135 miles per hour   After   I   vet ni anne

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making  landfall on August 25, the storm meandered   on
snore for several days, returned to the Gulf of lexico
on August  28, and eventually made  a second  landfall,
this time on August 3O, just east of the Texas-- ouisiana
border  before movin   futher north and  east into the
rest of the country in a weakened  state, [nptre(edented
rain totals over the course of the storm exceeded 50
inches in parts of iiouston and surrmnding   areas, and
more  than 3,600 squaref miles were covered  in at least
40 inches of rain
   Most customers  in the area initially impacted by Hur-
ricane Harvey  receive electric utility service from AEP
Texas. AEFP Texas provides electric delivery service to
approximately  one mtillion customers. In its report to
the Public UTility Commission of Texas (PIUCT) regard-
ing storm damage,  AEP  Texas identified 68 damatged
substations, 549 dow ned transmission  structures, 5,726
damaged   or replaced distribution structures, and 220,000
customer  outages at peak.' The dangers  involved with
restoration activities were sadly underscored when  a
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Published in Infrastructure, Volume 57, Number 1, Fall 2017 © 2018 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof
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