Less than 100 households were without power in the greater New Orleans area by 5 p.m. Wednesday, including 42 customers in the city and 50 in Jefferson Parish, according to the Entergy Storm Center website, which tracks power outages across the region.
The biggest outages occurred Tuesday, when freezing rain and heavy winds knocked out electricity to about 8,000 customers in New Orleans East and St. Bernard Parish. Power was restored to those customers in a matter of hours, Entergy officials said.
Since then, it’s been relatively quiet, with the number of local power outages staying about the same.
Entergy officials also said Wednesday that the freezing conditions have caused little damage to its infrastructure, and that it plans to keep 2,900 restoration workers that it assembled to respond to outages in place for now.
“We definitely caught a break so far, but these storms are always unpredictable so we’re going to remain ready to respond as needed,” said Dennis Dawsey, vice president of customer service for Entergy’s Louisiana utilities.
Utilities typically won’t send a crew out to begin restoring service until winds subside to less than 30 mph.
Wednesday morning, winds were blowing 18 mph with gusts of 26 mph south of Lake Pontchartrain, said Angel Montanez, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Slidell, who expected the wind to die down during the afternoon.
Mayor Mitch Landrieru commended the utility’s response to the storm during a press conference Wednesday, saying that restoration crews had “done a supurb job.”