Entergy Crews Assessing Damages, Restoring Power as Hurricane Laura Travels North
NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of Entergy's storm team are assessing damages and restoring power where it is safe to do so after Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday morning near Cameron as a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane, causing widespread damage to Entergy's electrical system and knocking out power to customers across Louisiana and east Texas. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, approximately 360,000 customers throughout Entergy's service territories were without power. While restoration efforts are beginning behind Laura in Texas and Louisiana, additional outages are occurring as the powerful storm travels north into Arkansas. "This is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, so we are asking that our customers be patient with us and other first responders as we work to recover safely. Although this storm situation is unique in many ways, we have been through this before and, together, we will get through it again." Entergy is continuing to add personnel to a restoration team of more than 13,000 that includes workers from 27 states either in our territory or on their way to the storm-ravaged areas. Additionally, crews will continue to practice social distancing and Entergy asks that customers do the same. For the safety of crews and all those involved, please stay away from work zones.