EAST SIDE, Tex.
— Prestige electric appliances and power tools are set to be out of service for up to a week as crews battle to fix the power outages caused by the storm.
The East Side Energy Cooperative (ESEC) issued a bulletin to its residents Monday morning that warned customers to expect outages that could last up to two weeks.
Preliminary reports indicate the utility has been unable to get power back to more than 1,600 customers in the Houston area and about 5,000 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The outage affects about 3,000 customers across the city, according to the ESEC.
The storm knocked out power to nearly 3 million homes and businesses and forced residents to turn to backup generators.
In a tweet, the utility said it will be “out of action” until Tuesday afternoon, and that customers should not expect service to return until at least Wednesday.
The outage affects a number of areas including the Dallas, Houston and Dallas-Arlington areas, the Houston County Public Utility Commission (HCPUC) said in a statement.
In Dallas, about 5.3 million customers were without power, while Houston’s city hall had less than 4.5 million customers without power.
A new storm warning was issued for Houston on Monday afternoon, as well.