(CNN) Some of the areas in Louisiana that were hit hardest by Hurricane Ida could be looking at more than three weeks before power is restored, Entergy Louisiana said.
They include the parishes of Lafourche, Plaquemines with the exception of Belle Chasse, St. Charles, Terrebonne and part of Jefferson, the utility company said on its website. Those areas might not have electricity until September 29, Entergy estimated.
Sunday afternoon — one week after Ida made landfall on the Gulf Coast — more than 598,000 customers were still without power in the state, according to PowerOutage.us.
Entergy Louisiana, which provides electric service to more than 1 million customers, estimated that power will be restored to the vast majority of its customers by Wednesday.
“Electricity is one of the biggest challenges that we have across Southeast Louisiana. … There’s not an even rate of restoration going on, and that’s always going to be the case. I’m always happy to see people getting powered up, and some people are going to be quite a while,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Saturday.
The number of customers without power at midday Saturday was 718,559, which includes homes and businesses that equate “a lot more” people, Edwards said at a news conference in Livingston Parish. That’s down from a peak of 1.1 million customers who were without power immediately after Ida battered Louisiana.
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