Entergy Louisiana Crews Restoring Power in Wake of Humberto
Entergy Louisiana line crews and contractors climbed into their trucks this morning and begin restoring power to Entergy customers in southwest and southern Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Humberto.
Humberto rapidly intensified into a Category 1 hurricane as it approached the Texas and Louisiana border. The storm left about 6,200 Louisiana customers, primarily in southwest Louisiana, without power. As of 4:30 p.m., crews have restored about 2,000 customers, and most of the remaining customers will have power back on by late tonight.
Hurricane Humberto gathered strength overnight, making landfall near High Island, Texas as a strong Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. The National Hurricane Center reported that no tropical cyclone in the historical record has ever reached that intensity at a faster rate near landfall.
“We were fortunate that we only caught part of the storm,” said P.J. Martinez, vice president of distribution operations. “While the restoration effort is underway, we continue to emphasize safety. Customers should take steps to be safe, stay away from downed power lines and protect their family in the storm’s aftermath.”
Customers can report an emergency such as a downed power line or electrical equipment that is sparking and dangerous by calling 1-800 -9OUTAGE.
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