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More than 60,000 Mississippians left without power after Delta

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High winds and strong rain brought down trees and affected power lines across Mississippi Friday and into Saturday morning. (photo by David Day)

As of noon Saturday, about 60,000 people across Mississippi were without power, down from about 95,000 Saturday morning.

Entergy says crews are working as quickly as possible while remaining safe. Due to the extent of the damage, some restorations will take longer than usual.

Outages include more than 3,000 in Warren County at this time. Damage assessment has been underway through the day, and restoration has begun where possible. Power has been restored in some neighborhoods. Updated restoration estimates will be provided once assessment is completed.

In neighboring counties, about 192 people are affected in Claiborne County, and more than 6,000 in Hinds.

As of 9 a.m. Saturday, more than 310,000 Entergy customers in Louisiana didn’t have power, the majority are in the hard-hit parishes of Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, East Baton Rouge and Ouachita. All told, about a quarter of all Louisiana residents — more than 600,000 people — experienced or are still experiencing power outages, according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. More than 9,500 Louisiana residents evacuated their homes.

Delta has weakened considerably since making landfall Friday evening and is now a tropical depression.

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