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United States : Entergy Arkansas Prepared for Winter Weather.

With the coldest air of the season breathing down Arkansas neck, Entergy Arkansas, Inc., is prepared to quickly respond to any weather-related problems.

Entergy Arkansas is closely monitoring weather forecasts. According to the national weather service, frozen precipitation is likely Saturday night and Sunday. Predictions indicate the storm system could bring up 1/4 inch of ice.

Arkansas employee and contractor work crews, crews from sister Entergy utility companies, as well as material and logistical service vendors, have been put on standby for storm restoration duties.

We are prepared for bad weather, said Entergy Arkansas Vice President of Customer Service Brady Aldy. We have a great deal of experience dealing with winter storms, and we pride ourselves on getting the power back on as quickly as is safely possible when the system is damaged by ice, wind, and other threats.

Extreme temperatures alone can create problems for an electric system. Compounding the problem is that during the restoration process, the surge of instantaneous electrical demand from appliances (heating units, water heaters, etc.) when service is restored potentially overloads protective devices on the electrical system.

Consequently, during weather extremes, rather than energizing an entire circuit all at once as would normally happen, it is necessary to bring customers back online one section at a time to avoid damage to the system and make the situation worse.

Customers are encouraged to download Entergy s mobile app at to access outage maps and information. In addition, storm-preparedness tips and online services are available to customers through Entergy Storm Center, myAccount and View Outages. Through myAccount, customers can sign up to send and receive text information about power outages at their homes and businesses through their cellphones. Registration is easy.

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Publication:Mena Report
Date:Jan 9, 2015
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