New Orleans, August 28, 2012 — Entergy is working to amass a workforce of more than 4,000 company and contract workers to help restore power as it prepares for the impacts of Hurricane Isaac and the probability that the storm could affect all or at least parts of Entergy's service territory.
Some contract crews have already arrived. Entergy has core teams stationed around south Louisiana to respond to power outages and emergencies as long as it is safe to do so.
Hurricane Isaac is capable of causing widespread and extended power outages. Based on the forecast, severe weather conditions are expected to continue at least through August 29 as the storm tracks across Louisiana and Mississippi. Isaac is a slow-moving storm that could cause tropical force winds for 30 hours or more and heavy rainfall.
After the storm passes, Entergy crews and contractors are prepared to work long hours, restoring service to customers as safely and as quickly as possible. At present, outages are expected to last several days. To ensure safety, bucket trucks are deployed when winds are below 30 mph at the location where the damage is sustained.
Entergy follows a restoration plan that concentrates on getting service restored to essential customers first, like hospitals, police, fire, communications, water, sanitary services and transportation providers. Then, Entergy crews turn their attention to making repairs to electrical facilities that will return service to the largest number of customers in the shortest period of time. Finally, the next largest number and so on until power is restored to everyone.
Entergy Corp. is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with about 30,000 MW of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the U.S. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and about 15,000 employees.