Update, 10:57 p.m.
All power has been restored in Texas City and La Marque, according to Texas-New Mexico Power.
In homes where power isn’t restored, the company said residents should first check their breakers and then call 888-866-7456 to report the outage.
Update, 10:09 p.m.
The City of La Marque has opened one of its fire stations as a temporary warming station for people without power, La Marque Mayor Keith Bell said in a Facebook post.
The fire station at 720 Saltgrass Point Road is open for people who need warmth or to charge devices.
“Our fire department will welcome you with open arms,” Bell said.
About 6,000 homes and businesses were without power as of 10 p.m.
Update, 8:33 p.m.
Some power has started to be restored in Texas City, according to Texas-New Mexico Power.
About 18,000 homes and businesses were without power as of 8:30 p.m.
Update, 7:45 p.m.
In a tweet, Texas-New Mexico Power said it estimated that power in Texas City and La Marque may be restored around 3 a.m.
The company said it was “actively investigating and working the issue.”
Temperatures in Texas City and La Marque are forecasted to drop to around 30 degrees through tonight.
An outage left thousands of electricity consumers without power Friday night.
The exact cause of the outage wasn’t immediately clear. Public safety officials said a transformer might have malfunctioned.
The outage caused plants in the Texas City petrochemical complex to flare, but there were no immediate reports of emergencies inside the plants.
In a Facebook statement at 7:03 p.m., Texas City Emergency Management said “there are no threats to the community.”
According to Texas-New Mexico Power, more than 21,000 homes and businesses in Texas City and La Marque were without power at 7 p.m. The company’s outage tracker estimated that power would be restored about 9:15 p.m.
Most of the outages are on the city’s northeast side.
In a tweet, the Texas Department of Transportation warned drivers traveling through Texas City and La Marque to be cautious while driving because of disabled traffic lights. Intersections should be treated as four-way stops while the lights are out.
John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; [email protected] or on Twitter @johnwferguson.