Monday, 11:15 a.m. – Tropical Storm Sally has been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane. Mississippi Power has secured nearly 1,000 outside resources through the mutual assistance program to assist with restoration efforts after the storm passes. Additionally, Mississippi Power’s Gulfport Bill Payment Office will be closed on Tues., Sept. 15.    

Monday, 9 a.m. – Mississippi Power opened its Storm Center Monday morning with limited personnel to follow COVID-19 guidelines as the company tracks Tropical Storm Sally across the Gulf of Mexico on a path to Coastal Mississippi.

Mississippi Power holds a Storm Team meeting at the company’s Operations Center on Monday, Sept. 14.

South Mississippi is under a hurricane warning as Sally is expected to strengthen into a hurricane on Monday and make landfall on Tuesday as a slow-moving hurricane. The Mississippi Gulf Coast can expect torrential rain, hurricane-force winds, life-threatening storm surge and possible tornadoes.

“Three weeks ago, we were tracking Laura and Marco in the Gulf and we were blessed to be spared any significant impacts to our service territory,” said Fran Forehand, Vice President of Customer Service and Operations. “The forecast is becoming clearer that Sally has the potential to be a very serious storm for us. We have a very good plan that was tested with Laura and Marco, and I know that our team will be ready to respond.”

The company is lining up outside resources through the mutual assistance program to help with restoration efforts after the storm passes.

Mississippi Power’s storm team of 65 linemen and support personnel returned home safely over the weekend after spending 16 days in southwest Louisiana helping restore service after Hurricane Laura made landfall near Lake Charles.

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