South Mississippi braces for heavy rain and storms this week

South Mississippi braces for heavy rain and storms this week


This week a potent spring storm system is expected to bring anywhere from 4-6 inches of rain to a good portion of the Mississippi Power service territory.

With that in mind, customers are urged to be storm ready during the latter half of the week.

According to forecasters at the National Weather Service Office in Slidell, periods of heavy rain and possible strong to severe thunderstorms will begin to affect the area beginning Thursday and lasting until early Saturday morning.

“We’re prepared to implement our storm-tested restoration plan if needed,” said Engineering Services Manager David Simmons.

“Flash flooding and rising rivers, along with possibly gusty winds, are specific hazards that weather services are forecasting with this system. Flash flooding can occur rapidly during and after excessive rainfalls and can happen almost anywhere or anytime.”

Before, during or after a storm, customers who experience a power outage can view Mississippi Power’s online Outage Map using a smart phone, tablet or laptop to report an outage and track utility crews as they work to safely restore power at

Customers can also report power outages by calling the dedicated outage line at 1-800-ITS DARK. For all other inquiries, call the customer service line at 1-800-532-1502