Thousands Still Without Power

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Entergy Mississippi officials say 19,000 people are still without electricity Monday, three days after tornadoes ripped through the central part of the state.

About 16,000 of those without power are in the metropolitan Jackson area.

Entergy spokesman Checky Herrington said the damage is much more extensive than company officials originally thought. He says power should be restored to most customers by late Tuesday, but in harder hit areas, it could be Wednesday.

Entergy brought in crews from Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas. Herrington says private contractors and workers from another utility company in Alabama also were working in central Mississippi.

The National Weather Service confirmed that five tornadoes ripped through central Mississippi Friday. No one was killed, but at least 22 people were injured.

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