Storm prep is vital, no matter the forecast

Storm prep is vital, no matter the forecast

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StormReadyLogo_FINALColorado State University forecasters are predicting a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season in 2015. Forecasters predict we’ll see seven named storms, three hurricanes and one storm reaching major hurricane strength.

While that may be welcome news, it will not alter Mississippi Power’s storm preparations.

“Our number one job is keeping the lights on for our customers,” said Distribution Director and Storm Director Randall Pinkston. “We work year-round to prepare for the worst, minimize outages and quickly and safely restore power if there is an outage.”

In the ten years since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Mississippi Power has rebuilt and upgraded its power generation, transmission and delivery system.

To deliver electricity to customers, Mississippi Power maintains 151 substations, 2,238 miles of transmission lines, 4,211 miles of primary overhead lines and 592 miles of primary underground lines.

“While the forecasters predict a light year, we know all too well, it only takes one storm to leave communities devastated,” Pinkston said. “We’re prepared and we urge all of our employees, their families and our customers to plan for before, during and after a storm.”