Storms knock out power to nearly 400,000 in East

A widespread, multi-impact storm system bringing high winds and tornadoes to the Eastern United States, including snow and ice in the northern regions, knocked out power to 398,621 customers beginning Tuesday night and into Wednesday, Feb. 24, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

As of 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 there were still 278,276 electric customers remained without power, according to DOE.

Customer outages in some areas were continuing to rise as of Wednesday afternoon as the storm system moves to north and east.

Ameren (NYSE:AEE), which reported 46,463 customer outages in Illinois and 43,194 customers in Missouri, said more than 500 employees and contractors were repairing and assessing damages throughout the central and southern Illinois territory and additional restoration crews were coming from other states to assist, DOE said in a daily report.

Ameren Illinois reported widespread damage to its infrastructure including reports of almost 100 broken or leaning poles, and 300 downed wires.

Entergy (NYSE:ETR) subsidiary Entergy Louisiana, which reported 30,500 customer outages, said tornadoes and high winds caused significant damage to the LaPlace and Convent communities, hampering restoration efforts. The utility expected most customers to have power restored by Thursday evening, Feb. 25.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.