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Entergy says storm power outages kept to minimum

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By  David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) -  With the possibility of widespread power outages from Sunday's winter storm, Entergy had made preparations to have crews respond to the effected areas.

 

Over 2,000 out of state utility contractors were in Jackson to help restore power from the storm, that didn't pack the punch they anticipated.

 

"We were very fortunate we did not have the outages we had forecasted," said Entergy Spokesperson Mara Hartman. "We were able to keep down the outages we did get to a minimum because we were so prepared."

 

By mid morning Monday, Entergy reported less than a thousand outages statewide.

 

Southern Pine Electric in Rankin Co. also made great strides restoring power, just 85 customers still out Monday, down from 1,400 a the peak of the storm, allowing crews in Jackson to be dispatched to harder hit areas.

 

"We did start releasing some of our crews this morning so they can go work other areas effected by this weather system and we maintain some of those resources necessary so we can respond to anything further that develops here," Hartman said.

 

Power companies say were not out of the woods yet.

 

Ice covered limbs still have the potential to fall on lines over the next few days.

 

Customers are urged to report any problems, and stay clear of the lines.

 

"Once again we urge everyone to stay away from down power lines treat them all as if they're electric and alive, remember that wet debris can conduct electricity and disguise power lines," Hartman said.

 

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