Katrina leaves millions without power
NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than 2.7 million electricity
customers were still without power on Tuesday after Hurricane
Katrina pummeled the U.S. Gulf Coast and moved into the
Katrina crashed into southern Louisiana as a Category 4
storm Monday morning with maximum sustained winds near 140 mph.
The remnants of the storm are located over the Ohio Valley.
Entergy Corp., with 1.1 million customers without power in
Louisiana and Mississippi, warned customers to expect a long
and difficult restoration that could take weeks. Some
government officials in Louisiana and Mississippi said it could
take a month or more to restore full electric service in some
of the hardest hit areas.
To avoid damaging equipment, Entergy shut at least two
power plants on the Mississippi River near New Orleans,
including the 1,089-megawatt Waterford 3 nuclear reactor and
the 825 MW Michoud natural gas and oil-fired station, and
started to shut the 1,263 MW Grand Gulf unit in Mississippi.
The company stopped reducing power at Grand Gulf as the
hurricane-force winds veered away from the site.
One MW powers about 800 homes, according to North American
Southern Co., which restored power to more than 130,000
customers in Florida and Alabama, reported 825,000 customers
were still without power across its service territory, with all
195,000 customers out in Mississippi, 551,000 still out in
Alabama and 79,000 out in Florida.
Cleco Corp., which serves about 265,000 customers in
Louisiana, said about 80,000 customers were without service
In addition to the publicly traded utilities, Katrina also
left more than 239,000 customers without service at the
municipal and cooperative utilities in Louisiana, Alabama and
Mississippi, according to a report from the U.S. Department of
As Katrina pounded its way across the Tennessee Valley, the
Tennessee Valley Authority reported at least eight damaged
transmission lines and cut power to about 300,000 customers
served by distributors of TVA power in Mississippi, Tennessee,
Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama.
In Florida, FPL Group Inc.’s Florida Power and Light
subsidiary restored power to nearly 1.3 million of the 1.4
million customers affected by the hurricane as Katrina crossed
the southern part of the state on August 25-26.
In a release, FPL Group Inc. said it expects to restore
service to all customers by Friday night.
Entergy’s subsidiaries own and operate about 30,000 MW of
generating capacity, market energy commodities and transmit and
distribute power to 2.6 million customers in Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Southern’s subsidiaries own and operate more than 39,000 MW
of generating capacity, market energy commodities, and transmit
and distribute electricity to more than 4 million customers in
Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
TVA owns and operates more than 31,000 MW of generating
capacity, sells electricity to local distribution companies
serving 8.3 million consumers in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,
Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia, and markets
surplus power to energy companies in neighboring grids.
FPL’s subsidiaries own and operate more than 31,000 MW of
generating capacity across the United States, market energy
commodities, and transmit and distribute electricity to more
than 4.3 million customers in Florida.