Electric crew prepares for long night of work as storm winds continue to rise


Repair work for the City’s Electric Crew may just be starting as winds have blown rotten limbs on power lines on Byrd Avenue and three poles on East Fifth near the fires station. One utility worker said it’s just getting started as the wind speed continues to increase, but he wants residents to be assured that the entire electric crew will do its best to restore power as they prepare to face a long night ahead.

Wiley Butler, National Weather Service official cooperative observer for the City of Natchitoches, shared the following information: Winds are blowing in Natchitoches from the South (170 degrees) at 23 MPH (20 knots; 10.3 m/s) gusting to 34 MPH (30 knots; 15.4 m/s). There’s a 90 percent chance of rain showers and storms, some possibly severe.