As many as 15,000 residents in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area lost electricity Saturday as a powerful storm with high winds and rain downed tree limbs and power lines, said Sheila Pounders, Entergy regional customer service manager.
Pounders said the number of residents in the Baton Rouge metro area without power was down to 7,447 as of 10 p.m. Saturday. She said those homes likely would not regain power until about 2 a.m. Sunday.
Pounders said at about 6 p.m. Saturday that 7,661 residents in Baton Rouge alone had lost power, mostly in the Shenandoah, Jefferson Highway, Coursey Boulevard, Sherwood, Bluebonnet Boulevard, Essen Lane and Airline Highway areas.
Pounders said those areas likely would not regain power until about 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. Sunday because so many power poles and lines are down.
Pounders said some customers calling about power outages said the winds they saw reminded them of Hurricane Gustav.
In addition, 325 Geismar residents and 2,089 Port Allen residents were without electricity, Pounders said.
Those residents should regain power by about 8 p.m. Sunday, Pounders said.
“We have broken poles and lines down (in Baton Rouge), and we have none in the other two areas,” Pounders said of Geismar and Port Allen.
Perkins Rowe and the Mall of Louisiana lost power for a brief time, Pounders said.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 5:57 p.m. for northwestern East Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, southwestern East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee and northern West Baton Rouge parishes that was in effect until 6:45 p.m. Saturday.
Emergency Medical Services spokesman Mark Olson said EMS transported only one person to the hospital for an injury caused by the storm. He said that injury was caused by flying glass.
Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman, said the department dealt with no major injuries or accidents caused by inclement weather and only dealt with traffic assistance.
Casey Rayborn Hicks, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said her department did not receive any calls about injuries or accidents from the storm.