2 power companies report 73K outages in 4 states
NEW ORLEANS - More than 73,000 people in three states were without power at mid afternoon Tuesday as a system of strong storms rolled through eastern Louisiana and into Mississippi. That was just counting reports from two utilities: Entergy Corp., which has customers in Arkansas, east Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, and Cleco Corp. in Louisiana.
Entergy's website indicated nearly 33,800 without power in Arkansas, 19,700 in east Texas, 5,275 in Louisiana and 5,040 in Mississippi, for a total of nearly 64,000.
Cleco spokeswoman Robbyn Cooper said about 9,000 customers were without power at the height of the storm in central Louisiana, but the number was down to 8,300 by mid afternoon. However, Cleco also serves some of the populous New Orleans suburbs above Lake Pontchartrain, where the storm was heading.