More than 10,000 people without power in Tangipahoa Parish

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 21: A pedestrian looks at a sign posted on the door of a hardware store during a citywide power outage on April 21, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Nearly 100,000 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) customers in San Francisco are without power that could be related to a fire at a PG&E substation. Street lights and public transportation that is powered by electricity are also out of service. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

More than 10,000 people living in Tangipahoa Parish are without power as a tropical storm approaches south Louisiana.

There are 10,771 households without electric as of Thursday morning, according to an Entergy outage map.

Lightning hit a substation at approximately 1:30 a.m. initially cutting power to people living in Pontchatoula. In a matter of hours, power was also cut to customers living throughout Hammond, according to a spokesperson with Entergy.

Crews have been working diligently since the early morning hours of Thursday and hope to have electric restored to those customers affected by the lightning strike by mid-to-late afternoon, said the Entergy spokesperson.

Entergy Louisiana wants to remind people that they are actively monitoring the disturbance located off the Gulf Coast, but also urging customers to self-monitor the circumstances as well.

“We are urging our customers to monitor the storm’s path, follow the direction of local authorities and be ready to implement their own storm plans if needed,” said Melonie Stewart, Entergy’s vice president of distribution operations for Louisiana. “If you need help, the Entergy Storm Center has preparation tips and safety information that can assist in planning and making necessary decisions.”

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