Entergy crews work to restore power after storms

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Hundreds of people were left without power Wednesday morning after the second round of storms swept through the state.

The storm brought down trees and power lines on Northside Drive.

John Tate says his family was a bit nervous after hearing the loud thunder and lightning.

“We had all of our kids run in and jump in bed with us,” he said. “I honestly woke up concerned about the neighborhood because we knew something was happening close.”

Overnight, two trees fell in the area, one blocking the street and the other landing on top of a neighbor’s car. Tate said seeing the large tree in the road brought back memories of Hurricane Katrina.

“That morning in 2005, and it looked almost like the same thing except there were several other trees,” he said. “But that’s a big tree down there.”

“Sometimes when you have a tree bring something down it can spark a little grass fire, that’s not uncommon at all. But when you got a burn ban, that’s another issue.”

Mara Hartmann, with Entergy, says at least 16,000 people lost power throughout the state since the first round of storms Monday night.

“We’ve got an additional 325 crews who have come to help us from our sister utilities from Arkansas and Louisiana,” Hartmann said. “We’re just working as quickly as we can to get everything restored.”

Hinds and Madison counties experienced the most outages around the Metro area. Northside Drive was one of the largest areas in Jackson with power out.

Crews worked to restore power and remove the tree from the road.
Hartmann said they are working to restore power to everyone by the end of the day.

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