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Power outages decrease in South MS following hurricane

Singing River Electric crews working to restore service in George County. (Photo source: SRE) Singing River Electric crews working to restore service in George County. (Photo source: SRE)
(Photo Source: Singing River Electric) (Photo Source: Singing River Electric)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

As of 8:30 p.m. Sunday, roughly 6,000 customers from multiple utility companies are without power in South Mississippi.

After Hurricane Nate made landfall on the Gulf Coast, power companies reported that up to 33,000 customers did not have electricity. 

Crews were rolling out at first light to assess the damage Nate left behind. The hurricane took a path straight through Singing River Electric's service area. Prior to the storm, SRE activated its cooperative emergency response network. That means more than 250 co-op linemen and right-of-way crew members are on their way to assist restorations, which more than triples the normal workforce. 

“We were able to see good progress today. Successfully organizing power restoration takes strategy, pre-planning and large amounts of manpower,” said Singing River general manager and CEO Mike Smith. “We reached out prior to Hurricane Nate’s landfall to request the necessary help and feel that we have the resources to join our linemen and complete the restoration efforts.”

Mississippi Power Customers are encouraged to use online management tools to report and monitor the status of outages and receive updates. Outage updates and other information will be posted to Singing River Electric’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, as well as on www.singingriver.com

Mississippi Power has restored electric service to all customers who are currently able to receive power following Hurricane Nate. The largest outage areas were in Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, and Gulfport. There were scattered outages across the area, but those were mostly small clusters likely caused by debris falling on power lines. 

Coast Electric's outage map is now available to all members without the extra step of logging into an account. 

Pearl River Valley Electric suffered only minimal damage from Hurricane Nate. At the height of the storm, fewer than 200 member-consumers lost service. PRVEPA crews in the Columbia and Wiggins districts worked during the night to restore service as those scattered outages arose.

Tips to stay safe during severe weather:

  • Review your storm plan with friends and family
  • Take time now to charge any mobile devices and power banks
  • Have an easily accessible emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, water, batteries, and a radio
  • Prepare an emergency plan for family members who rely on electronic medical equipment, or have special needs
  • Treat all downed power lines as live wires; beware of lines hidden by trash or trees
  • Do not connect generators directly to home wiring, and do not operate generators while standing in wet conditions
  • Do not use generators in enclosed spaces

Download the WLOX First Alert Weather app or visit wlox.com/weather for the latest updates, and click here to view the WLOX Hurricane Center.

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