Approximately 1,000 households lose power because of snow storm
Published 2:50 pm Friday, December 8, 2017
NATCHEZ — While many in Adams County welcomed Friday’s rare snowfall, the storm also caused approximately 1,000 households to lose power.
More than 800 Southwest Mississippi EPA and just less than 200 Entergy customers in Adams County lost power due to the storm, officials from both organizations said.
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Southwest Mississippi EPA Executive Assistant Stephanie Knotts said the company aimed to have its customers’ power back on by 6 p.m.
“We’re asking our members to call back after 6 (p.m.) if their power is still out,” Knotts said.
The company, which services rural areas of Southwest Mississippi, had more than 5,000 outages across nine counties, Knotts said.
She said the group has additional assistance coming from neighboring co-ops and hopes to have all customers’ power restored by Saturday evening.
Although some Entergy customers in Adams County will not get their lights back on until Saturday, the county fared well overall in terms of outages, Entergy Customer Representative Tim Runnels said.
Including surrounding counties, Runnels said a total of between 2,000 and 3,000 Entergy customers lost their power Friday morning.
By approximately 1:30 p.m., that number dropped below 2,000, with 110 coming from Adams County.
Runnels said precautions taken by the company helped to limit the outages.
“We’ve been real aggressive on tree-trimming … it’s paid dividends,” Runnels said.
Runnels said these storms typically cause outages due to fallen branches or the weight of snow that accumulates on power lines.
Southwest Mississippi EPA can be reached at 1-800-287-8564, and member’s can report outages using the company’s Smart Hub app. Entergy’s number to report an outage is 1-800-968-8243 (1-800-9OUTAGE).