Mississippians are urged to prepare as well
JACKSON, Miss. -- The month of June is traditionally known for weddings, school vacations and the official start of summer. There's much to celebrate, but there's also something to prepare for: June 1 is the official start of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season.
Entergy Mississippi is prepared for whatever may happen.
"All it takes is one storm, and when that storm is a hurricane it can cause a lot of damage no matter what category it's rated," said Robbin Jeter, Entergy Mississippi vice president of customer service. "NOAA's predicting a 70 percent chance of six to 11 named storms in the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Gulf of Mexico. They believe three to six could become hurricanes, and as many as two of those could be major hurricanes, which is Category 3 or higher. Preparation is simply not optional."
Hurricanes are something all Mississippi residents need to be concerned about and prepare for because hurricane damage is not limited to coastal areas. While storm surge mainly affects the coastline, inland areas can see flooding, tornadoes and high winds.
"All of these hazards pose threats for our company and our customers," Jeter said. "Tornadoes destroy electrical infrastructure, high winds bring down trees and power lines, and grounds saturated by floods can lead to falling trees which can damage electrical poles."
"But we'll be ready for any threat, because preparing for hurricane season is an ongoing process for Entergy," he added. "Being storm-ready is the key to a safe and quick restoration."
Customers can prepare by following @EntergyMS on Twitter and facebook.com/EntergyMS, and by downloading Entergy's free mobile app at http://entergyapp.com/ to access outage maps and information. In addition, storm preparedness tips, updates and information about outages and a link to the View Outages map are on the entergy storm center website.
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 442,000 customers in 45 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $12 billion and approximately 13,000 employees.