Half a million without power in Louisiana, Mississippi amid new flash flood warnings

Half a million without power in Louisiana, Mississippi amid new flash flood warnings

More than a week after Hurricane Ida hit the region, thousands of homes and businesses in Louisiana, and thousands in Mississippi, remained without power as a new storm surfaced, threatening restoration efforts.

According to PowerOutage.us, Monday afternoon there were 495,384 customers in Louisiana and 4,656 in Mississippi without power.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for southeast Louisiana early Monday.

Rain and thunderstorms were expected, capable of producing three or more inches of rain in no time.

“Soil conditions are saturated or nearly saturated and heavy rains can cause flash floods,” the warning reads.

Utilities Entergy said in a company statement Monday morning: “Hurricanes can hamper catering in areas where conditions become unsafe for our catering team to continue their work.”

Entergy also reported that 54% or 513,000 of its customers had already been recovered, out of a total of 948,000 who lost power during Hurricane Ida.

Approximately 902,000 actual Entergy customers were located in Louisiana. On Monday, the company said it restored power to about half of them, or 467,000, with about 66% of New Orleans residents out of power. In New Orleans, 69,000 Entergy customers were without power Monday morning.

As Gizmodo recently reported, Entergy has a habit of opposing policies that would promote greater use of renewable energy and investments in solar and energy storage systems in Louisiana. In addition to producing electricity from clean, renewable sources, these systems generally make the grid more stable wherever they are built and can help provide or restore electricity after natural disasters.

Entergy wrote that amid new flash flood warnings in the area, “the recovery time is no longer than September 29” for hardest hit communities such as St. Charles Parish and Terrebonne Parish . It was a month after the arrival of Hurricane Ida.

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