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Feb 4, 2011 11:26 PM by Shawn Kline

Winter weather leaving thousands in the dark

Many of those falling branches are snapping power lines, knocking out heat and electricity to thousands of customers.
Some residents, still without power late Friday night.
Both Entergy and CLECO still have some scattered outages and they say some people may not have their power turned back on until Saturday evening.
"Very early we started getting some scattered outages as the ice started accumulating in the trees," CLECO General Manager Marty Smith said.
Smith and his crew are still working feverishly to get power restored to all of their customers. Some, without heat or electricity since 7:30 Friday morning.
"When it went off," Louis Allen said. "It stayed off."
"We've been sitting in our houses wearing our jackets." Christian Schane says, "and as much clothing as possible."
Launey Tatman said the outage left him, "pretty cold." He says, "especially with the rain and the wind so all we have to do is get the power back on."
These customers watched as the power company turned their electricity back on.
But some CLECO and Entergy customers could be without power until Saturday.
"Our crews will be working through the night," Smith said. "We expect to have the majority of our customers turned on by late (Friday) but we'll continue to work until all of our customers are back on."
Cold winter weather, leaving some residents in the dark.
"It's rough man, I'm telling you," Allen said. "It's bad."
Electric companies told KATC just before 10:00 PM on Friday that all of their customers in Acadiana should have power by midnight. However, all it takes is a little gust of this wind to knock down an icy tree branch; blacking-out an entire neighborhood.
So experts say, just because you have power now, have some warm blankets nearby... just in case.

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