SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - As expected, coast residents are starting to experience power outages due to Hurricane Zeta’s powerful winds.
At 10 a.m., Coast Electric’s outage map, 59,617 members were reporting outages in Harrison, Hancock and Pearl River counties. That is down from the 65,000 out of 83,000 members who were without service two hours earlier.
At 9:30 a.m., Mississippi Power’s outage map reported 825 outages and 82,594 customers without power. Crews have been working overnight to assess damage and clear debris in order to restore power, but crews are looking at a multi-day restoration event.
Singing River Electric reported 62,781 meters without power just before 8 a.m. That number represents 82% of the entire service area. Several George County substations and one Jackson County substation do not have transmission and cannot send power to lines until those are repaired. Crews will be working in all areas today and will continue to make damage assessments.
As of 6 a.m. Thursday, Pearl River Valley Electric Power had roughly 15,000 members without power, with most outages in Stone, Lamar and Forrest counties.
All our local power companies have made preparations for Zeta’s fury, and crews are working to restore power as fast as they can, while also staying safe.