Entergy Mississippi reports that it is prepared for hurricane season

Published on August 16, 2023 by Liz Carey

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With the National Hurricane Center increasing its estimated number of major storms last week, Entergy Mississippi said it is ready for the height of hurricane season.

Citing record high temperatures in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, the Hurricane Center said it was now predicting 14-21 named storms, of which 6-11 could become hurricanes, and between 2 and 5 of those could become major storms with winds greater than 111 mph. Late summer has been a critical time for hurricanes, with Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, Laura and Ida all hitting in late-August. In the last two years, officials said, hurricanes, tornadoes and major thunderstorms have caused significant damage to the Entergy distribution system, the energy company said.

“Storms are impacting our region more frequently and with increased intensity, making it a greater priority to prepare ahead of time,” Shawn Corkran, vice president for reliability Entergy Mississippi, said. “We’re committed to restoring power safely and as quickly as possible following severe weather and urge customers to prepare and have a plan in place.”

The company said it performs storm preparations year-round, conducting inspections and “sky to ground” vegetation management on targeted sections of line. Additionally, the company said it uses computer modeling to predict when trimming may be needed to keep tree limbs from hanging above or near power lines.

The company said it uses forecasts and computer models to predict damage to the power delivery infrastructure and will call on restoration workers from around the country as needed to get power back on as quickly as possible should there be a disruption. Assessing damage, deploying personnel to the right place with the right materials and restoring power are continuous operations, the company said.