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Power crews prepare for worst in N. Mississippi

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Hundreds of additional utility workers and trucks are in North Mississippi, manning battle stations for a war against ice and sleet.

Wind gusts and the frozen precipitation could cause problems that potentially cut off heat and lights for thousands of people.

Mid-Southerners like Jim Cosby remember the ice storm of 1994 and hope these conditions during the incoming storm aren't as bad.

“We were without power for a couple weeks,” said Cosby, who, along with his family, learned lessons from the storm more than 20 years ago.

“The fireplace kept the house from freezing up, but when we built the new house we put a generator in just for such an occasion,” he said.

Crews with Northcentral Electric Power Association are already stocking up trucks.

“We have all hands on deck,” said Michael Bellipanni with Northcentral EPA.

Bellipanni says his team has fresh utility poles ready in case lines and limbs get knocked down.

“I think we're expecting some high wind gusts and some sustaining winds that might cause some problems when the winds get heavier and the lines get heavier,” he said.

Rival provider Entergy powers three counties in North Mississippi and has almost 500 extra workers and trucks coming in from all over to prevent what happened 1994 from happening again.

To report an outage with Entergy call 1-800-9OUTAGE.

Northcentral customers should call 1-866-438-2642.

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