Updated at 11:15 p.m. to add the upgrade from tropical storm to hurricane.
Mississippi Power officials continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Nate as it continues to strengthen and head toward the Gulf of Mexico, with a predicted landfall early Sunday.
“Nate is currently expected to have an impact across our entire service territory,” said Vice President of Customer Services Organization Nicole Faulk. “Safety is our top priority and every employee is prepared, both at home and in their storm role, to respond to our customers’ needs.”
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is forecast to make landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River Sunday.
“The storm shifted overnight Wednesday and we shifted our plan with it,” Faulk added. “I’m proud of the work that was accomplished in such a short time, and I couldn’t imagine a better team.”
Company storm crews will be ready to respond to any outages caused by Nate, whether inside or outside the service territory.
In addition to Mississippi Power’s storm response team, the company has secured assistance from more than 800 specialized personnel, including lineman, tree crews and damage assessment teams.
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