At least 2,300 electric power customers in South Mississippi are in the dark as Hurricane Nate continues its way to the Mississippi Coast.
The outage numbers, collected about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, include a total of 2,284 power customers in as winds howl and strong storms drench the coastal area.
Most Bay St. Louis residents are without power after a transformer blew about 11:00 p.m., said Sea Coast Echo reporter Dwayne Bremer.
Hurricane Nate is expected to make landfall between midnight and 1:30 a.m. on the central Mississippi Coast, according to National Weather Service reports to emergency-management officials.
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Mississippi Power has about 1,000 customers out of power in the three coastal counties, according to its outage map.
A total of 272 Coast Electric customers have lost power. Vice President Ron Barnes said the number includes 175 customers in Harrison County, three in Hancock County and 94 a bit farther north in Pearl River County.
A total of 935 outages have been reported by Singing River Electric. That includes one in Harrison County, 460 in Jackson County, 450 in George County and 20 in Greene County, spokeswoman Lori Freeman said.
“It’s just a glimpse of the moment,” Freeman said.
“Some could be restored by now,” she said.