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The Houston Health Department is opening four multi-service community centers today for residents who are without electricity as the region copes with the impacts of Hurricane Nicholas.

The storm moved through the Houston region overnight and left nearly 460,000 people without power early Tuesday morning, according to CenterPoint Energy's outage tracker. There still were more than 332,000 outages as of noon, with widespread outages in the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest areas.

The city's multi-service centers are open from noon-5 p.m. for residents who would like to escape the heat or charge their phones or other electronic devices. They have restrooms and air conditioning but will not be available for long-term or overnight stays.

Two of the open multi-service centers are in or near the area: the West End Multi-Service Center at 170 Heights Blvd., and the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center at 6719 W. Montgomery Rd.

The Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 9314 Cullen Rd., and Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Rd., also are open.

The Houston Health Department said it will resume normal operations, including for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, on Wednesday.

For more information, visit houstonemergency.org.

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