Entergy’s website shows about 2,400 customers in East Baton Rouge Parish have lost power, while Demco has lost power to about 180 users in the parish, its website shows.
In Livingston Parish, Demco has lost power to about 2,400 customers. Entergy has lost it to about 300 users.
Some 1,400 Demco customers in Ascension Parish have lost power, while Entergy has lost service to about 50 users.
Tree limbs are causing most of the scattered outages, said Sheila Pounders, Entergy’s regional customer service manager.
Pounders cautioned that the company expects the weather to cause problems through Sunday.
“Winds will be about the same as they are now,” she said. “We’ll be fighting outages today and tomorrow because of that,”
Workers are working around the clock to restore power, she said, and crews from Arkansas are on hand to help out.
She pointed out that crews working in booms must come down when winds reach 35 mph.
“It’s for their own safety,” she said. “They wait until winds die down and then go right back up.”
Pounders cautioned that people should treat any downed wire like it is “hot” or live.
She urged people to call the power company rather than touch a wire
“Use caution when cleaning debris and stay safe around power lines,” she said.