Companies preparing for potential impact to southeast Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS -- Entergy’s Louisiana utilities continue to monitor development of Tropical Storm Nate and prepare for its potential impact to Louisiana.
As of Thursday morning, forecasters are predicting Nate could make landfall, potentially as a hurricane, over southeast Louisiana Sunday morning. The southernmost areas of southeast Louisiana could see tropical storm force winds by early Saturday afternoon.
While the storm’s exact path remains uncertain, Entergy Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans are preparing for the possibility of heavy rain and hurricane-force winds, which could lead to power outages in southern Louisiana. Entergy’s line crews and contractors are on alert and ready to safely restore service to customers as quickly as possible.
“We stay prepared to respond to storm outages through a very detailed, rehearsed plan that has worked well for us during past storm events. We will continue monitoring Nate’s forecast to anticipate workload and potential problems the storm may bring. At the proper time, we will mobilize our restoration-response team to areas of anticipated damages, while keeping workers out of harm’s way,” said Dennis Dawsey, Entergy’s vice president of customer service.
“We encourage our customers to include safety in their preparations. Whether it’s spotting a downed wire or other potential hazard after the storm has cleared, be sure to make safety a key ingredient in your storm planning. Preparation for severe weather is vital for us and you and your families,” Dawsey said.
Customers should visit the Entergy Storm Center website for planning tools that can help guide you through the decisions you need to make. Operation: Storm Ready is a free downloadable guide that helps customers plan and prepare for weather emergencies.
Stay Prepared and Informed
Just as important to the companies as restoring power is the ability to keep customers informed. Entergy does this in a number of ways:
Social media plays an important role in keeping customers informed, and Entergy places a high priority on keeping social media sites updated throughout a major event. Follow Entergy Louisiana on Twitter at @EntergyLA and on Facebook at facebook.com/EntergyLA.
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.