LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Entergy is deploying around 1,000 workers to get out ahead of the storm and prep for the worst. Crews took part in a quick orientation at the state fairgrounds before heading out to keep power lines clear.
The idea from Entergy is to prevent as much damage as possible as debris from two months ago remain on the streets, and Entergy wants to keep another round of tree limbs from crashing power lines.
Hours before the storm, tree trimming crews did their best to cut down limbs that could damage power lines in Little Rock.
"You see a dead tree, you don't know what time it's going to fall off. We get the weather coming in, they start shaking, and they go to the line," said Foreman Orlando Montenegro.
Montenegro monitored his crew along Indian Trail going house to house looking for trees or limbs within 10 feet of power lines.
"Trimming the trees away from the power line. We see any dead trees, we're going to go ahead and take them out," he said.
West Tree Service made up a small fraction of the 1,000 workers Entergy brought in to gear up for what forecasters believe will be a significant icing.
"Some of them are coming in from South Carolina, some of them are coming in from Virginia. That includes linemen, as well as vegetation trimming crews as well as people who scout the lines," said Entergy spokesperson Sally Graham.
She said they're using current forecast models and examples of what's happened in the past to anticipate the impact of the storm. She reminds customers to do the same and plan ahead.
"Making sure they have emergency kits, that they have extra water, that they have medication that they must take," she listed.
One more note to remember, plan on charging up your wireless device early because if you can get signal, you can notify Entergy about an outage through their mobile app or on their Facebook page.