JACKSON, Miss. - The following information is news release from Entergy: Mississippi was a hotbed of tornadic activity yesterday, with numerous tornado warnings throughout the state. Customer outages peaked at 42,937 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday night. Crews have been working diligently since to restore power. Shortly before noon on Tuesday, about 9,600 customers remained without power.
The majority of the remaining outages are in hard-hit Rankin County. Significant numbers of outages are also in Warren and Hinds Counties.
"We're currently assessing and repairing damage," said Robbin Jeter, vice president of customer service. "We called in extra help on Sunday for this and have called in more. Contract scouts arrived this morning, and we're moving crews from north and south Mississippi into the affected areas. We've also requested another 350 linemen and 125 vegetation workers who should be here soon."
The National Weather Service stated that more severe storms, with large hail, high winds, heavy rain and tornadoes, could develop today in central Mississippi between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. These are expected to cause additional power outages.
Entergy Mississippi reminds customers to report all outages and downed or dangling power lines to 1-800-9OUTAGE. Stay away from downed power lines and debris that could be hiding them. Make safety your No. 1 priority before, during and after storms.
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to more than 441,000 customers in 45 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.