JACKSON, Miss. – As Isaac trudges slowly through Entergy Mississippi's service area, crews are assessing the damage and working to restore power to the tens of thousands of customers without.
"Every storm is different, and Isaac has certainly been a storm unlike any we've seen before," said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO. "It's definitely leaving its mark as it moves through our service area. We have damage over a large part of the 45 counties we serve in western Mississippi, and although our crews are out working, it could be a long restoration process."
Gusting winds are posing a challenge for crews as truck buckets can't be safely raised in winds higher than 30 miles per hour. That means crews repairing lines sometimes have to stop and go back to the ground in the middle of a restoration effort. Flooding, downed trees and other hazards also hamper efforts to restore power safely.
"Our priority is to assess damage and restore power to customers safely and quickly, but safety trumps speed," said Fisackerly. "We have crews working 16-hour days until we restore power to everyone who can take power."
The public should stay away from downed power lines and flooded areas. Report emergencies to 800-9OUTAGE. For updated outage information, go to View Outages at entergy.com. For those registered for texting, reply STAT for your outage update.
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to more than 437,000 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 15,000 employees.