Mississippi Power’s storm team completed restoration work overnight to all customers who could receive power in the Soso area, which sustained heavy tornado damage on Easter Sunday.
Company employees worked safely as almost 11,500 customer outages were addressed during the event, with a peak simultaneous outage of about 4,500 on Sunday evening when two deadly, long-track tornadoes moved through the Northern Division. About 90 outside resources were brought in to assist with the restoration work.
On the distribution system, 120 poles had to be replaced – about 90 of those around Soso — along with about 300 spans of wire. On the transmission system, eight structures needed to be replaced as well as 13 spans of conductor.
“Our team did an outstanding job of mobilizing quickly, assessing the widespread damage, developing a great plan and executing that plan,” said Fran Forehand, Vice President of Customer Service and Operations. “Even with the additional COVID-19 protocols in place to protect the health of our employees and customers, we were able to efficiently get power restored as quickly as possible.”
Crews worked around the clock Sunday night and Monday to get the lights back on for everyone, except for about 200 customers in Soso where the most extensive infrastructure damage occurred. About 200 linemen and support personnel worked Tuesday and into the night to bring those remaining customers back online.
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