Mississippi Power storm crews are closely monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Nate, which is forecast to enter the Gulf of Mexico and possibly threaten areas along the northern Gulf Coast, including the company’s southern service territory.
According to the National Hurricane Center, “the system is forecast to continue strengthening over the Gulf and could affect portions of the northern Gulf Coast as a hurricane this weekend, with direct impacts from wind, storm surge and heavy rainfall.”
Jason Plummer, senior distribution systems analyst, said the storm’s track and intensity are still uncertain.
“Once in the Gulf, the storm could turn to the north on Saturday followed by a northeast turn on Sunday morning,” Plummer said. “The exact time of this turn is still uncertain. An earlier turn would increase the threat to the Florida Panhandle, while a later turn would increase the threat to southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Coast.”
Company storm crews will be ready to handle any restoration efforts either inside or outside the service territory.
“This storm is still organizing, but we’re preparing for it as if it were heading our way,” said Scott Cashwell, Engineering services manager. “We will have our available resources ready to go, whether needed for restoration efforts in our service territory, or if we get the call to provide assistance to our sister utilities.”
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