Intense winds as Gordon makes landfall near Alabama - Mississippi line
Electrical power has been restored to thousands of South Mississippi customers who were left in the dark after Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall about 10 p.m. Tuesday in Jackson County.
About 10,500 meters from Singing River Electric Cooperative were without power when Singing River checked its outage numbers at daybreak Wednesday.
Power had been restored to more than half that number, 6,000 meters by noon, Public Relations Manager Lorri Freeman said.
Singing River reported outages in Jackson, Greene, George, Perry and Wayne counties and in Mobile County. The highest number of outages were in Jackson County (4,375), George County (2,664) and Greene County (2,625), Freeman said. There were 62 in Mobile County.
Crews have been working since about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and will work through the day to restore service to customers, Singing River CEO and General Manager Brian Hugheysaid.
The storm moved swiftly, and wind gusts were strong enough to break power poles and cause thousands of customers to lose power in southeast Mississippi, he said.
Singing River doubled its workforce by bringing in crews from electric cooperatives across the state, and is placing new crews to work as they arrive, Hughey said.
Mississippi Powers had about 30 customers without power Wednesday morning, according to its outage map. The number was down to four meters without service by early afternoon.
Coast Electric Power Association had no outages.