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Posted: May 10, 2011 11:37 AM
Updated: May 10, 2011 11:37 AM
Source: AP

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Topics: entergy, power, storms, ms river, river, flooding, tornado

NEW ORLEANS- Entergy Corp. says that storm damage in Arkansas, combined with high-water threats from the Mississippi River and early hot weather are putting a strain on its four-state electricity system.

But to this stage, Entergy says its 2.7 million customers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas are not in danger of power curtailments or blackouts.

Entergy says it is cutting back power to some industrial customers covered by special contracts that allow Entergy to curtail their usage during special circumstances. In the meantime, spokesman Philip Allison says Entergy is arranging to obtain extra power from wholesale providers, while urging customers to conserve power.

Entergy says high water from the Mississippi River may force curtailing some generation for safety reasons. Also some generators are off-line now for routine pre-summer maintenance.

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