Live weather updates: Mississippi focuses on restoring power, addressing water problems

Efforts to restore power in Mississippi were progressing Sunday, according to power outages reported by both Entergy and PowerOutage.US.

Statewide, all utilities showed 28,366 energy customers were without power across the state at 4:25 p.m. Sunday, down from about 71,000 at 11 a.m. Saturday, according to data from PowerOutage.US. That included 4,304 in Hinds County, 49 in Rankin County and 229 in Madison County. 

As of 4:40 p.m. Sunday, there were 10,894 Entergy customers without power, according to Entergy’s power outage map, down from about 34,000 Saturday morning. Entergy services customers in 45 of Mississippi’s 82 counties.

Most Entergy electricity customers in Mississippi should have services restored by the beginning of next week, Entergy Mississippi President and CEO Haley Fisackerly said during a virtual press conference Friday.

More than 2,000 linemen and other personnel have been enlisted to help restore power in Mississippi, including workers from Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Canada.

As power is restored across the state, Fisackerly cautioned customers to slowly phase in use to avoid overloading the system. He suggested turning off major appliances ahead of power being turned back on.

“I know when those lights come back on, you’re going to be ready to clean up that house and wash those dishes in your dishwasher, or wash your clothes,” he said. “Do that in stages. That could create problems back on the grid but also it’s not good for your home to … overload your breakers.”

See the Mississippi power outage map here.

Temperatures warming up, cold front, rain Sunday night

Some increasing cloud cover is expected Sundayaccording to the National Weather Service of Jackson. A cold front moving into and through the region Sunday night will be accompanied by rain, with chance of rain before midnight in Jackson, then showers, mainly after midnight and a low around 44. Low temperatures should range from the mid 30s in the Delta to upper 40s in southeast Mississippi.

As a cold front exits the region Monday morning, the chance for light rain will continue into the first part of the day for central and eastern Mississippi. Otherwise expect a cooler day with increasing sun by noon.

Water woes continue

A boil water notice for the city of Jackson remains in place as the city continues to work to restore water to thousands of residents. However, there is no exact timeline as to when water will be restored, city officials say.

Several other communities in the state are also grappling with water issues.

The city asks residents to reserve calls for visible water leaks and urgent needs for assistance. Residents may call 311 or one of these following numbers:

  • 601-960-1111
  • 601-960-1777
  • 601-960-1781
  • 601-960-1778
  • 601-960-0379
  • 601-960-1779

The city, on its website, said 13 confirmed water main breaks were reported as of Friday night but more are expected as the temperatures rise.

Problems in Jackson:‘No definitive timeline’ for restoring water, mayor says

See current Mississippi road conditions

Follow the latest road conditions with this live, updating map featuring webcams. Check the map here.

Traffic fatalities reported

Authorities reported two traffic-related storm deaths, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

According to a news release Friday, the Neshoba County Emergency Management Agency reported a person died in a car accident. On Saturday, the MEMA said another death occurred in Oktibbeha County.

Some COVID-19 vaccination sites closed

Mississippi State Department of Health drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination sites in Lee, Washington and Adams counties have been canceled for Sunday.

Those with canceled appointments will automatically be rescheduled throughout the next two weeks at the same location. Patients will be notified of the new appointment date and time by phone, e-mail, or text.

Vaccination sites in Forrest, Jones, Pike, Lauderdale, Neshoba, Rankin, Hinds, Madison, Oktibbeha, Leflore, Lafayette, Panola and Desoto counties will be open.

Check the MSDH website at HealthyMS.com for the latest in cancellations.

Waste Management trash pick-up

Waste Management resumed some limited services Saturday for Vicksburg, Natchez, McComb, Jackson, Kosciusko, Tupelo, Corinth and Grenada, according to an update for employees on the company’s website.

All Waste Management trash pickup services for residential and commercial customers is expected to resume on Monday for Central and Southwest Mississippi.

Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport reopens

Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport reopened Friday following an extended closure amid the week’s winter storms.

With temperatures rising a bit Friday, the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority said the runways and taxiways are clear and safe.

Check back for updates.