More than 20,000 people in New Orleans were without power Saturday evening, according to Entergy New Orleans.
The utility first reported around 8:30 p.m. that approximately 12,500 customers were without power in the Uptown and Garden District neighborhoods.
We’re aware of an outage impacting approx. 12,500 customers in the Uptown & Garden District areas of New Orleans. Our crews are working to restore power quickly and safely. If you are currently experiencing an outage, please call us at 1-800-9OUTAGE. Thank you for your patience! pic.twitter.com/A2x2OSkDFT
— Entergy New Orleans (@EntergyNOLA) July 12, 2020
Soon thereafter more reports rolled in. As of 9 p.m., Entergy’s outage map showed blackouts across a large portion of the city stretching from the Mississippi River to South Broad Street.
The outages, which started around 7:30 p.m., should be resolved between 10:30 p.m. and midnight, according to the company.
The widespread power outage occurred during one of the hottest weekends this summer. At 4 p.m., the National Weather Service recorded a new high temperature — 99 degrees — at New Orleans International Airport, breaking the old record of 98 degrees set in 1980 and 1995. The heat index at the airport was 116 degrees.
Brace yourselves, Louisiana: This summer’s hottest days are here, and a cool down isn’t expected until next week.
The heat wave is expected to continue Sunday with highs in the upper 90s and heat index values of 110 degrees or greater.
Dangerous heat persists. Lows near 80 both tonight and tomorrow night and highs in the upper 90s tomorrow. Heat index values over 110 degrees expected tomorrow. Scattered storms may develop tomorrow afternoon and provide a brief break from the heat. #lawx #mxws pic.twitter.com/FvsT2JPQrc
— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) July 11, 2020
You can view Entergy New Orleans outage map here.