Entergy customers still without power
BATON ROUGE - Entergy says about 90 percent of its Louisiana customers impacted by Monday morning's bout of severe storms will have power restored by Tuesday night. Nearly all others can expect to have their electricity back on by Wednesday.
Entergy spokesperson Will Johnson III says a crew of 2,000 storm team utility workers is currently active throughout the state as they work to restore lost power to customers who remain in the dark. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Entergy says they have restored power to about 100,000 of the 176,000 of its customers who were without electricity in the wake of the severe weather. Johnson says most of the outage resulted from the high winds that tore across the region, bringing down trees and power lines as the weather moved through.
Tornadoes were reported in or near Kenner, Belle Chasse and Labadieville with wind gusts over 100 mph recorded in several locations including New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport. The utility company reports the storm took down 602 line spans, broke 300 cross-arms and damaged about 300 utility poles and more than 130 transformers on its path through Louisiana.
A check of Entergy's online map of outages as of 5 p.m. indicates there are still more than 20,000 customers in the dark in East Baton Rouge Parish. Ascension Parish had more than 6,000 remaining outages and Assumption Parish just more than 2,500. Another 5,000 outages persisted in Lafourche Parish, and Livingston had a few less than 1,500 customers without power. DEMCO managed to cut its some 700 outages in several parishes by more than half on Tuesday.
Entergy says 90 percent of customers without power in the following parishes can expect to have their power back on by Tuesday night:
-West Baton Rouge
90 percent of customers in the hardest-hit areas of East Baton Rouge, Assumption, Lafourche and Tangipahoa parishes should expect to have their power back on by Wednesday evening, but some homes and businesses may not be back online until Thursday, according to Entergy. East Baton Rouge Parish alone saw 30 broken poles, 75 spans of wire down and 25 damaged transformers. Specifically, storm team crews were working in the Broadmoor, Glen Oaks and Burbank areas Tuesday. Additional crews were assigned to bring restoration efforts to the South River Oaks subdivision, Millerville Road and Lakepark subdivision. Removing heavily damaged trees was a primary focus throughout the morning.
"We expect to make significant progress restoring customers today," said Dennis Dawsey, vice president of customer service at Entergy. "With the exception of the most heavily damaged areas, we should have power restored to the vast majority of customers who can accept it."
Crews worked as night fell across the affected parishes on Monday night, and rain continued to steadily fall onto already soaked streets that flooded during the initial deluge, slowing some efforts to restore electricity to powerless customers. By 7 p.m. on Monday, Entergy says they had restored power to about 52,000 customers.
To check outages in your area, be sure to stay updated with Entergy's outage map. To report outages, you can reach Entergy dispatch by calling 1-800-9OUTAGE. We will have updates on the power restoration efforts this evening starting at 4 p.m.