For workers at Mississippi Power it has been a day of preparation.
From statewide conference calls, to double-checking equipment, MPA officials say they are in for the long haul.
The Meridian district for Mississippi Power serves almost 40,000 customers from Shubuta as far west as Forest and Walnut Grove. With dozens of linemen on duty and many more on standby, company officials say they are ready.
"We have several hundred of our linemen ready to restore power as quickly as possible, but we can draw as many as 1,000 line crew to help us respond quickly," said Pat Wiley, Mississippi Power Company.
As always, Mississippi Power officials say work crews will be on duty throughout the night. If an outage occurs, they say power will be restored as soon as possible.
"What we do is we will work into the storm as safely as possible as long as we can. However, when a storm comes we have to wait until it leaves because our line crew has to be safe as well," Wiley said.
Meanwhile, officials with the East Mississippi Power Association say they are also prepared with all crews now on standby.
With strong winds often come downed power lines. For safety reasons Mississippi Power officials are reminding residents not to touch any such lines. Instead they are advising residents to call the company.
The number for Mississippi Power customers is 1-800-532-1502. The number for customers of the East Mississippi Power Association to call is 483-7361.
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Source: http://www.jbyrneagency.com/Fall%201997%20-%20Storm%20Preparation.htm (the J. Byrne Agency Loss Control Tidbits Web site)