Ida’s passed, but keep these power outage tips in mind for next time


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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Maria Grenyo

While Hurrican Ida ravaged large swaths of Louisiana and Mississippi, most severe damage in Alabama was limited to the Gulf Coast.

More widespread were power outages, but as of Tuesday morning, Alabama Power reported around 150 homes remained without power.

Alabama Power Western Division Spokesperson Danielle Kimbrough said they’ll continue providing updates through multiple avenues as repairs continue.

Even though there weren’t many outages this time, Kimbrough said anyone who wants up-to-date information regarding any power outage to their home — be it weather-related, system upgrades or random outages can download Alabama Power’s mobile app, available for iOS and Android phones.

Other ways to receive power outage information include:

And any time weather is severe, Kimbrough said there are several safety tips you should keep in mind.

“We encourage everyone to stay off the roads if possible,” she said. “If you come across a downed power line, we ask that you report that either to us or to your local police or fire department. That’s really important.”

She said Alabama Power dispatches workers as soon as they’re able, but conditions can sometimes be too severe for workers to head out and repair downed lines right away.

“We encourage our customers to stay weather-aware. They need to follow your local emergency management authority on weather updates. It’s important that you and your family stay safe,” Kimbrough said.

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