Entergy, Cleco among Louisiana utilities dealing with recent storm, potential hurricane

Entergy and other nearby utilities are already dealing with the effects of heavy rains and winds in southeast Louisiana, but perhaps the worst is still ahead.

Tropical Storm Barry is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday, the New Orleans-based utility reported Thursday. It will follow an already intense line of storms which have left parts of the city under water.

“Our workers continue working safely and quickly to restore service in advance of the arrival of the storm. Parts of Louisiana, including the New Orleans area, have already experienced power outages due to this storm,” Entergy’s release says. “In particular, several thousand customers in and around Ponchatoula, Louisiana, should be restored later today following lightning damage that occurred early this morning at a substation.”

The utility encouraged its Louisiana customers to finalize preparations in advance of the storm. Details can be found at this web page.

Alexandria, LA-based utility Cleco also is working in advance of Barry’s presumed arrival. Entergy has close to 1 million customers in the state, while Cleco has about 300,000.