With a forecast of 13-20 named storms expected to form during the Atlantic Hurricane Season over the next few months, Mississippi Power urges customers to prepare for possible hurricane or tropical storm conditions ahead of time.

Customers can visit the company’s online Storm and Outage Center to stay connected before, during and after a storm.

“Customers can sign up to receive text, email or voicemail notifications about a power outage, including the estimated restoration time and when service has been restored,” said company spokesman Jeff Shepard.

They can also report an outage online, learn generator safety tips and view the company’s recently updated online outage map, all by visiting mississippipower.com.

The 2020 hurricane season was an active one for Mississippi Power employees, with 30 named storms produced, including 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. Five of those impacted Mississippi Power customers, most notably Hurricane Zeta. The category 3 storm moved across the company’s Coast Division on Oct. 28, knocking out service to almost half of the company’s customers.

The other storms affecting Coastal Mississippi were Cristobal, Marco, Laura and Sally. In addition, company crews assisted utilities in Pennsylvania and New York City following Isaias, in Lake Charles, La., after Laura, in Mobile after Sally and in Florida after Eta.

The company continues to follow COVID-19 protocols to protect the health of its employees and its customers.

Now in its 95th year of operations, Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and affordable energy for more than 188,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. With nearly 160 megawatts of approved solar energy capacity, Mississippi Power is the largest partner in providing renewable energy in the state of Mississippi. Visit our websites at mississippipower.com and mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.