Nearly 77,000 residents are without power across three major electricity providers in the region as of 5 p.m. Saturday according to outage maps for Entergy Louisiana, Dixie Electric Membership Cooperative and Southwest Louisiana Electric Membership Corp.
On Saturday morning about 50,000 residents woke up to no power across the region after a heavy rainstorm overnight. The outages peaked around mid-afternoon on Saturday when about 85,000 residents were without electricity.
Entergy Louisiana had nearly 70,000 customers without power as of 5 p.m. on Saturday. Entergy Louisiana had about 2,900 employees on standby to begin working to restore power across the state. The company can't send out bucket trucks to conduct repairs until the wind is less than 30 miles an hour.
"This is something that we rehearse for and practice throughout the year but we recognize that each storm is unique," said David Johnson, vice president of customer service for Entergy Louisiana during an afternoon press conference. "Once the weather passes and it's safe for our employees we'll send them out in the streets."
Tropical Storm Barry sped up slightly but continued to weaken late Saturday afternoon as it approached the Lafayette area, sparing Baton Rouge…
About 14,200 customers of Entergy Louisiana across East Baton Rouge Parish didn't have electricity by 5 p.m. and another 2,100 customers in West Baton Rouge Parish didn't have power either.
Ascension Parish had about 2,200 customers without power, Iberville Parish had about 2,100 residents without electricity and Livingston Parish had fewer than 200 without power as of 5 p.m. Pointe Coupee Parish had about 800 residents without power.
About 2,500 customers inside the DEMCO network were without power as of 5 p.m., down from about 3,700 in early afternoon on Saturday. About 800 residents are without power in St. Helena Parish, about 600 are without power in West Feliciana Parish and about 500 more are without power in Ascension Parish.
Roughly 4,900 customers of SLEMCO are without power as of 5 p.m., the majority of whom are in St. Martin Parish and St. Landry Parish.
Outside of Baton Rouge, there were 43,000 customers of CLECO without power as of 5 p.m. on Saturday, many of whom live closer to the Gulf Coast.
Barry made landfall as a tropical storm on Saturday afternoon.
Check to see if there are outages in your parish by checking these outage map websites.