Trees and power lines down as strong storms move through
BATON ROUGE - Thousands of people will spend Monday night in the dark after strong storms knocked down trees and power lines across the capital area.
Some people were warned, services may not be restored until Wednesday. Additional severe weather systems hindered the repair effort after following Monday morning's chaotic weather event. Soon after the storm system moved through, crews hit the streets (pictured, West Baton Rouge Parish) before a second and third system moved in Monday evening.
As of 10pm Monday, Entergy reported widespread outages. More than 30,000 customers in East Baton Rouge remained without power, nearly 12 hours after the worst of the storm system moved across south Louisiana.
Fewer than 15,000 were in the dark as of 10pm in Ascension Parish. Customers lost power from both DEMCO and Entergy.
Around 5,000 were without power by 10pm Monday in Livingston on both company's power grids.
Damage was reported in just about every parish in the capital region. There were no reports of injuries and a shelter was opened for people in Assumption Parish Monday night.
The power outages forced numerous school closures for Tuesday.