Late Thursday morning, outage tracker PowerOutage.US showed about 34,200 customers in Mississippi were without power and more than 904,000 in Louisiana were left in the dark.
Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on the state’s electrical infrastructure, disabling the eight major transmission lines that carry power into the city and knocking out power for more than 1 million customers statewide.
Entergy New Orleans CEO Deanna Rodriguez said the company hopes to have concluded damage assessment by the end of the day and could then have a timeline for when the power could be restored to significant numbers in New Orleans and some of the harder-hit areas, according to NOLA.com
Entergy Louisiana CEO Philip May said power would be restored to most customers in the greater Baton Rouge area by Sept. 8.
Tens of thousands of workers from Louisiana, Mississippi and other states deployed this week to aid in the effort and hospitals, police departments and fire stations were made priorities, Rodriquez said.
While power was returning on Thursday, in seven parishes at least 95% of customers remained without power.
The impact of outages in the Southern states was worsened by hot and humid conditions, compounded in some locations outside the city by a lack of water, food and gasoline to power generators.
Officials in New Orleans have opened seven locations where residents can eat a meal and sit in air conditioning and Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city was also using 70 buses as cooling sites.
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폭스 뉴스’ Sara Ballou and The Associated Press contributed to this report.