Posted: May 31, 2012 10:23 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
BATON ROUGE- An evening of nasty storms knocked down trees and knocked out power.
By news time, more than 1,000 people in the Capitol City area were still in the dark. Crews are working to get the electricity back on. At 10 p.m. Thursday, power companies were estimating several different times for families to start flipping switches on again, from within the hour, to 4 a.m.
A neighborhood between Monterrey Drive and Oak Villa Blvd, near Greenwell Springs Road, had been without power since 2:30 p.m. when News 2 was in the area. People said they had been sitting around the house or visiting with each other while waiting. When night fell, many weren't surprised they were still in the dark.
"It's usually, about normal around here for it to stay off a couple hours here," said Nathan Gant, "We might have to head to a relatives house or crank up the generator."
Power companies decide who gets lights first after a storm, starting with generating stations. Substations are next including critical customers like hospitals, fire stations and police departments. After that are the neighborhoods.
Power companies say the best way to deal with an outage is to be prepared for one. More tips on that in our Weathering the Storm Special from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m on WBRZ Friday night.