NEW ORLEANS — More than 15,000 Entergy customers in southeast Louisiana lost power Wednesday morning amid record-breaking cold temperatures.
As of 8:20 a.m., the Entergy Louisiana outage map reports more than 3,000 customers are without power in Tangipahoa Parish and another 2,500 are without power in Orleans Parish. The outages were concentrated near Independence, Loranger and New Orleans' Algiers area.
The outages prompted one school to close and 10 others to delay classes due to power issues.
It is unclear what caused the outage in Tangipahoa Parish. Entergy estimates that power will be restored to the area before 11 a.m.
In Algiers, a spokesperson for the company tells WWL-TV that a transformer went offline, causing the blackout around midnight. The utility says power is expected to be restored before 11:30 a.m.
Power outages were also reported in New Orleans' Uptown area as well as in St. Tammany Parish. Power has been restored to those areas.
At 7:30 a.m., Entergy's website reported more than 16,500 customers in the dark.
Temperatures across the regions dipped to at or below freezing overnight across the region. At 3:30 a.m. record, low temperatures were recorded in Slidell, Baton Baton Rouge and Mccomb, Miss.
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