TUPELO, Miss.–Icy weather caused thousands in Mississippi to lose power and crews have been working non-stop to get the lights back on. The latest projections say all Mississippians could have the lights back on by Friday night.
At the peak of the storm, about 32,000 Mississippi meters stopped turning, said Ron Stewart, president of Miss. Electric Power Associations. As of late Thursday, about 19,000 were still without power.
Emergency crews from across the state joined local workers immediately following the storm and will remain in the areas until all power is restored. Additional crews were added to the work force Thursday, said a news release.
These were the numbers as of Thursday at about 8:30 p.m.: These meters are located in 13 counties (Carroll, 2,000; Montgomery, 3,000; Yalobusha, 1,920; Tallahatchie, 2,080; Chickasaw, 2,424; Webster, 1,862; Lowndes, 1,502; Calhoun, 1,900; Clay, 478; Choctaw, 89; Oktibbeha, 175; Itawamba, 174; and Monroe, 1,884).