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Entergy Reports Some People Still Without Power After Storm

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GREENWOOD, Miss.–Some Entergy customers who are still without power may not see the lights come back on until Saturday, said Entergy CEO Haley Fisackerly, during a press conference Thursday. At least two tornado touchdowns, highwinds, an unusual amount of rain and even the southern pine beetle, are contributing causes.

“Saturated soil due to the flooding and heavy rains and dead trees, roots damaged from the droughts of last summer,” he explained, “so we’re continuing to deal with last summer’s challenges and will for some time.”
While the majority of the power outages were in the Jackson metro area and Vicksburg, some parts of the Delta still had power outages as of Thursday evening. That included rural customers in LeFlore, Bolivar, Tunica, Washington and Yazoo counties.
“There will be isolated cases where heavy vegetation could see some isolated cases go into Saturday, especially where you get into very rural areas,” said Fisackerly.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency confirmed that two people died as a result of the storms. In the Delta, Shanika Newton, 43, died in LeFlore County when she hydroplaned on Hwy. 49, about 11:30 Wednesday night. A woman who was on oxygen died in Scott County when her power went out.
In Grenada and Yazoo counties, some roads were still impassable Thursday. In Grenada County that included a portion of Hwy. 8 east because of a bridge failure over Red Grass Creek. There was no estimate on when that may be back open.