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Entergy Mississippi Winter Storm Update – 2/3/22, 11:30 a.m.
We’ve been monitoring the winter weather over the past several days and are ready to respond to any outages. Our initial forecast indicated a storm that was going to primarily be north and west of our service area, but the weather has slipped further to the south over the past day. We’ve relocated the majority of our baseload contractors to Cleveland, Senatobia and Tunica, and have acquired non-baseload contractors that will be located in Southaven. Additionally, two Entergy Mississippi teams from the south half of the state are moving to the area today. We’re beginning to see some ice accumulation, and as of 11:20 Thursday morning we have approximately 6,890 customers out statewide with the majority of those being in Desoto County.
While we have the people, crews and resources ready to respond quickly and safely, restoration may take longer, especially if there are widespread outages, due to the additional safety measures, such as social distancing, that our crews must take during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restoration times may be unavailable until this weekend depending on damages and road conditions in the most impacted areas.
As with any weather event, please be mindful of the following safety tips:
- Live wires can be deadly. Stay away from downed power lines. Call 1-800-9OUTAGE or 1-800-968-8243 to report downed or dangling power lines, damaged or downed poles or other damaged equipment.
- Do not trim trees or remove debris on or near downed power lines. Only power company crews or their contractors should remove trees or limbs touching power lines.
- Keep away from the immediate areas where crews are working. There is always the danger of moving equipment and the possibility of construction materials, limbs or overhead wires falling to the ground.
- If you plan on using a generator for temporary power, get a licensed electrician and disconnect from the utility electric system before hooking up to your main electric panel.
- Do not run a generator in a confined space without adequate ventilation. Use them only outdoors, following all manufacturers’ safety guidelines.
- Turn off any electrical appliances that can easily be turned to the off position until power is restored.
- Check on seniors, who can be particularly susceptible to extreme temperatures.
- Try to stay off the roads in affected areas. More traffic in bad weather leads to more accidents, including more injuries and fatalities as well as accidents that can damage electrical poles and other equipment, creating outages and impeding the ability of crews to access and repair damage and slowing restoration.
We want to keep you informed and in control. The best way to get information about outages is via Entergy’s View Outages page on our website.
Additional resources for your convenience:
- Download our app for your smartphone at entergy.com/app or visit Entergy Storm Center to stay informed on our restoration progress.
- Sign up for text alerts. From your cellphone, text R E G to 368374.
- Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @ EntergyMS.
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