Update, Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Power in Kenner was almost completely back after more than 12,000 Entergy customers lost electricity earlier Friday evening, the company’s outage map showed.
An equipment failure at a substation in Kenner’s University City section caused widespread outages in the area about 5 p.m., officials said.
More than 12,000 Entergy customers were without power early Friday evening, according to the company’s outage map.
Entergy spokeswoman Kacee Kirschvink said the outages occurred after a piece of equipment failed at a substation in Kenner’s University City neighborhood, which is in the vicinity of Loyola Avenue.
Crew members were on the scene working to determine the cause of the equipment failure as well as repair it, Kirschvink said.
“We’re hoping to get everybody back up in the next half-hour to an hour,” Kirschvink said about 5:45 p.m. Friday.
Kirschvink advised customers to monitor the outage map for updates. The outage map showed a 7:30 p.m. estimated restoration time, which was slightly later than the time cited by Kirschvink.
Friday’s outages appeared to be clustered north of Louis Armstrong International Airport and west of Williams Boulevard.
— Staff writer Ramon Antonio Vargas