Power companies: expect the worst
BATON ROUGE- As winter weather approaches, Entergy and DEMCO crews are preparing to handle the storm as they would a hurricane.
An Entergy spokesperson urged customers to prepare to be without power for as much as five days.
Entergy told WBRZ News 2 it has crews from Arkansas traveling to Louisiana to aid in power restoration, should electric lines snap.
Electric companies are worried most about ice build up on power lines, causing the lines to snap.
"There's something called radial ice, and that's just what it is, it's a block of ice around that conductor or that power line, that just adds weight to the line that it's not used to holding and in extreme cases, that line could get so heavy that it snaps," said David Latona with DEMCO.
Latona said they would stage crews and equipment in various areas to prevent power crews from being trapped by road closures.
If you experience a power outage, report it to your provider immediately.