4:30 p.m. update
Magic Valley Electric Cooperative is reporting more than 4,000 power outages across the Rio Grande Valley as Hurricane Hanna moves closer to the coast.
According to a map the company shared on Twitter, those outages are located near San Juan, Alamo, Edinburg, and north of Mission in Hidalgo County, and other locations across Cameron and Willacy counties.
“Hurricane Hanna continues to move closer to the coast with heavy rain falling across eastern portions of the Valley,” the Tweet stated. “At this time, we have over 4,000 outages across the Valley and crews are working to safely restore the outages.
12 p.m. update
McALLEN — About 1,400 people in the south side of the city lost power Saturday morning, as heavy winds from Hurricane Hanna reached the Rio Grande Valley.
AEP Texas crews were responding to the outage about noon time, and crews estimate the power will be restored at about 12:30 p.m. — though this projection could change, officials said via Twitter.
“As the outer bands of Hurricane Hanna begin to reach land, AEP Texas crews soon will be called in to shelter-in-place until the storm passes,” another post stated. “Once wind gusts reach 35-40 miles-per-hour, crews cannot work safely in a utility bucket.”