Companies preparing for impact to Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS – Entergy’s Louisiana utilities have their eyes on the Gulf of Mexico as they monitor a tropical system expected to impact much of the state as it swirls closer to the coast.
Called Potential Tropical Cyclone 3, the storm is currently forecast to be a tropical storm when it makes landfall along the western Louisiana coast overnight Wednesday or into early Thursday.
Whatever named status it achieves, Entergy Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans are preparing for the possibility of heavy rains and strong winds, which could lead to power outages in southern Louisiana. Entergy’s line crews and contractors are on notice and prepared to safely restore service to customers as quickly as possible.
“Even though we’re only three weeks into the official 2017 hurricane season, we’re ready for any threat, because storm preparation is an ongoing process at Entergy,” said Dennis Dawsey, vice president of customer service for Louisiana. “We’ve got our plans in place and are ready to put them into action should we need to do so. Being Storm Ready is the key to a safe and quick restoration.”
Entergy urges customers to monitor the storm and to prepare to implement their own storm plans if needed.
“Our Operation: Storm Ready guide is a useful tool for customers who want to create their own plans and learn more about storm preparation,” Dawsey said.
Customers can find the guide, along with restoration updates and a link to outage maps, at entergystormcenter.com.
Customers also can report outages, access outage maps and other account, storm and safety information by downloading Entergy’s free mobile app. Customers can sign up for Entergy’s text alerts by texting R-E-G to 368374, or by visiting entergytext.com.
Social media plays an important role in keeping customers informed, and Entergy’s Louisiana utilities place a high priority on keeping its social media sites updated throughout an event. Follow Entergy Louisiana on Twitter: @EntergyLA and Facebook: facebook.com/EntergyLA. Follow Entergy New Orleans on Twitter: @EntergyNOLA and Facebook: facebook.com/EntergyNOLA.
As with any storm, safety is always Entergy’s first priority for employees and customers. Customers should call 800-9OUTAGE (800-968-8243) to report downed or dangling power lines, poles or other damaged equipment. Entergy reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines.
Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to more than 1 million customers and natural gas service to more than 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. It has operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana.
Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility that serves Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 198,000 customers and natural gas to more than 106,000 customers.
Both Entergy New Orleans and Entergy Louisiana are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation.
Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) 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 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $10.8 billion and nearly 13,000 employees.
Entergy Storm Center: entergystormcenter.com
Entergy App: entergy.com/app