Across the deep south, preparations are under way for a cold blast of Arctic weather that’s predicted to brush Southeast Texas with bone-chilling rain and freezing temperatures next week. Temperatures will drop into the low 30s beginning Sunday and go below freezing by the end of the week.

The Entergy Texas  storm team is in place, ready for not only the expected cold rain event, but preparing for the worst in the event the mass of Arctic air brings more than wet weather.

“We are communicating with our supervisors and employees to ensure that we are prepared and ready to safely respond to any event,” said Shawn Corkran, director of transmission and distribution for Entergy Texas. “While we’re expecting a frontal passage to bring us some cold thunderstorms, that could also mean dealing with issues such as bridge icing.”

Corkran said that if the weather situation were to change, bringing more of a wintry mix than forecast, plans are in place to restore service and bring in assistance from outside if necessary.

Storm plans and an emergency management structure is in place that include winter weather in addition to the more commonly expected summer hurricanes. Drills are held regularly and storm teams at both the state and Entergy Corporation system level stand ready to implement those plans when necessary.

Entergy says it has prepared its electricity network as much as possible for the rough weather that winter can bring. That means planning well in advance of a winter storm, so that customers spend fewer hours being affected by storm-related outages.

Some sensible tips for winter weather include:

· Live wires can be deadly. Stay away from downed power lines.

· Keep away from the immediate areas where crews are working. There is always the danger of moving equipment and the possibility of construction materials or limbs or overhead wires falling to the ground.

· Don’t trim trees or remove debris on or near downed power lines. Only power company crews should remove trees or limbs touching power lines.

· If you plan on using a generator for temporary power, get a licensed electrician and disconnect from the utility electric system before hooking up to your home electric panel

· Do not run a generator in a confined space without adequate ventilation.

· Keep away from metal fences and other objects that can become energized if they come in contact with downed power lines.

Customers are warned to stay away from downed power lines. A power line could still be energized even though it is on the ground. Outages and potentially dangerous situations should be reported to Entergy by calling 1-800-9OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243).

Should power outages occur, Entergy Texas customers can still receive outage information. Customers with text-capable cell phones may sign up for My Account Anywhere and receive a wealth of information literally at their fingertips by going to

To use My Account Anywhere, customers must register a texting cell phone number to their Entergy Texas electricity account. Registration is simple. From any texting cell phone, they send the message “REG” (without quotes) to 368374. The system will respond and ask for their ZIP code and Entergy Texas account number. To save even more time, customers can save the number 368374 on their phones with a simple name such as “Entergy Texas.” They will be able to text quickly without having to remember a number.

Entergy Texas provides electricity to 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated company engaged primarily in electric production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.