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Ocean Springs residents thankful power outage is over in time for Christmas

More than 6,000 residents were without power for two hours. (Photo source: WLOX News) More than 6,000 residents were without power for two hours. (Photo source: WLOX News)
One restaurant says they had to turn people away who attempted to come after power was lost. (Photo source: WLOX News) One restaurant says they had to turn people away who attempted to come after power was lost. (Photo source: WLOX News)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

At The Tatonut Donut Shop in downtown Ocean Springs, conversation over coffee wasn't the norm Thursday morning. The topic - Wednesday night's power outage. "I just thought it was a temporary failure and that it'd be back on in a few seconds," Barney Banks said.

However, it was two hours before the lights in the city were restored. 

"We started calling around and we got all the way to where the bridge was, and we realized it was the whole Ocean Springs," Thomas Beaugez said.

Mississippi Power officials say at the peak of the power outage, more than 6,000 people were without power.

The manager at Phonecia's Gourmet Restaurant says they were in the middle of their big dinner rush when the lights cut off, which cost them a lot of business. "We made sure we had extra candles so everyone could enjoy their meals. But unfortunately everybody that attempted to try to come in after that we had to turn them away, and of course a lot of people stayed away because of the power outage," Stephen McCarthy said.

McCarthy says his cooks had to depend on cell phone lights and candles to prepare their guest's food. But now, with plenty of lights, they're glad things are back to normal. "We are very, very happy and excited. It's a good holiday time so God is good," one cook said.

With the warm temperatures and wet streets, some say it's hard to be in the Christmas spirit, but now that the lights are back on, residents say the bad is out of the way for them to enjoy their Christmas day.

The actual cause of the outage is still unknown at this time. 

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