Mississippi Power crews safely restored power overnight Sunday and Monday to nearly 8,000 customers who lost service after a tornado struck Hattiesburg and surrounding areas Sunday evening.

A Mississippi Power linemen works to repair damaged equipment following a tornado near Purvis on Sunday night.

This is the second consecutive weekend employees and contractors have responded to tornado damage in the Northern Division. Two tornadoes, rated EF4 and EF3, caused widespread damage on Easter Sunday.

“Our team did an amazing job last night and they did it safely,” said Northern Division Manager Michael Harvey. “Unfortunately, these events seem to happen frequently in our region, but our crews are always ready to get the lights back on as quickly as possible. They showed that again last night.”

Almost 8,000 customers lost service after the storm system that spawned the tornado moved across the state. By morning, less than 350 customers were without service.

Crews from the Coast Division, Meridian and Laurel, as well as contractors, arrived in the area Monday morning to relieve the overnight team and complete the restoration.

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