Entergy offers power restoration safety tips

Entergy offers power restoration safety tips

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Some Entergy customers may be without power throughout the weekend as crews work to restore service to thousands statewide.

Here are some tips for those in affected areas left in the dark.

There was stop-and-go traffic on Highway 18 at McDowell Road Extension in Jackson, where signal lights were dark.

Nearby Entergy crews were replacing power lines and poles damaged during Thursday's storms.

Entergy crews replaced poles and lines on Highway 18 and throughout the state where more than 4,700 customers were without power Friday afternoon. Source: WLBT
Entergy crews replaced poles and lines on Highway 18 and throughout the state where more than 4,700 customers were without power Friday afternoon. Source: WLBT

They are also working overtime in cities like McComb, where trees are tangled in utility lines and residents are left without electricity. “Even after the storm passes through, a lot of dangers remain present,” said Entergy spokesperson Mara Hartmann.

By Friday afternoon, Entergy linemen and other workers were restoring service to more than 4,700 customers in 16 counties.

Officials urge you to only return to your home when authorities give you the all clear.

Here are some tips for those in affected areas left in the dark.

“Stay away from areas that have a lot of debris in them because they could hide downed power lines and wet tree limbs can conduct electricity,” said the Hartmann. “Same goes for standing water or flooded areas. Don’t want into it.”

If you’ve weathered the storm, look for electrical system damage once power is restored.

When using a generator never operate one inside, only in well ventilated areas and according to the manufacturer’s directions.

“Don’t hook up a generator up to your house’s wiring without having a licensed electrician first disconnect that wiring from Entergy’s service,” Hartmann added. “If not, it could back feed on you or on our crews who may be out trying to repair and that could be a deadly situation."

Power company experts recommend that you treat all power lines as if they are live.

Call 1-800-OUTAGE to report downed lines.

Copyright 2019 WLBT. All rights reserved.