Mississippi Power storm crews, after helping restore electricity to 3,000 customers in the state following Monday's severe weather, headed east to assist Gulf Power crews.
The team of 40 linemen and support personnel from the Coast Division were scheduled to return home Wednesday.
Monday's weather spawned several possible tornadoes in central Mississippi and caused widespread outages across the company's service territory. In 23 hours beginning early Monday, the company experienced 7,950 outages due to high wind, lightning and broken tree limbs.
The storm system moved east and knocked out electricity to 25,000 Gulf Power customers. Crews from Alabama Power and Georgia Power also assisted in restoring power and resetting many broken utility poles.
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By early Tuesday morning, just 5,000 Gulf Power customers remained without service.