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JACKSON, Miss. (FOX13) -

Entergy Mississippi, Inc. is preparing for the possibility of ice in its Tate, Tunica and DeSoto County service areas beginning Sunday evening and going through Monday morning.            

"We've put our employees on alert, as it looks like a severe winter storm is going to hit the northern part of our service area," said Robbin Jeter, Entergy Mississippi vice president of customer service.  "Due to the threat of significant icing, power outages are possible. We're watching the weather situation closely, as ice storms are very dynamic, and we're preparing to get our crews in place so they can respond to any power outages just as quickly as it is safe to do so."            

Entergy Mississippi is entering full storm mode, meaning employees are on alert to respond, a storm command center will begin operation over the weekend and managers have initiated a series of conference calls to discuss the threat and appropriate response, both of which will become clearer as the storm nears, then arrives.

In addition, about 100 crews and 30 support workers will be headed to the northern part of the state on Sunday to help assist with any outages. These include Entergy employees and contractors, as well as vegetation workers.            

Customers in the affected areas should prepare, too. For updates, to sign up for text alerts or to download the Entergy app, visit entergystormcenter.com.

Customers can also follow Entergy on Facebook and Twitter. Downed power lines and power outages should be reported to 1-800-9OUTAGE.           

"At this point, it's too early to predict how much damage the storm might cause, but if it does result in rain freezing on trees and power lines, outages could be significant," said Jeter. "Also, unsafe road conditions could hamper our restoration efforts. Once we know the extent of any damage, we'll be able to provide more accurate information."

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