LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Entergy Arkansas is mobilizing for a significant ice
storm, with up to 5/8” of ice accumulation, wet snow and possible wind gusts of
25 mph, that could affect all or parts of Entergy Arkansas service territory
from Thursday into Sunday.
Based on previous storm computer models and the weather tracking services
used, this first winter weather event of the season is capable of causing
widespread and extended power outages.
“With a major storm that affects a large area of our territory, power
restoration for all customers could take between five to seven days to complete,
with the majority of customers being back in service much sooner than that,”
said Brady Aldy, transmission and distribution operations director for Entergy
Arkansas, Inc. Entergy crews and contractors are prepared to work long hours
after the storm passes, restoring service to customers as quickly and as safely
as possible. “We are in contact with other utilities in the region and have
requested 6,700 workers who will begin arriving in waves over the next few days,
beginning tonight,” Aldy added. “That makes a total of 8,000 workers, including
Entergy employees and our own contractors, engaged in this effort.”
“That’s why we encourage our customers to plan early – just like we do – and
prepare for the possibility of being out of service for an extended period,”
said Hugh McDonald, president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas, Inc.
“Before the storm front arrives, we urge customers to gather items for
emergency preparedness kits, including flashlights, a battery-powered radio with
fresh batteries, spare batteries, canned food and a can opener, a supply of
fresh water for several days and a first-aid kit,” said McDonald.
As customers make their plans, the company will keep them informed throughout
about the response. They can download Entergy’s free app for their smartphone at
entergy.com/app. They also can find
pre-storm tips and other helpful information at
Entergy Storm Center.
Entergy Arkansas, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, provides
electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas
is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged
primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations.
Entergy Corporation’s utilities own and operate 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. The Entergy utilities deliver electricity to 2.8 million utility
customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy Corporation has
annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.