Tornadoes spotted across central Louisiana


PINEVILLE, La. – Dec. 16, 2019 – Initial reports indicate tornadic activity across central Louisiana, including multiple tornado sightings in Rapides Parish. 

“Strong storms continue to move across Cleco’s central Louisiana service territory,” said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency management.  “Once conditions are safe, our crews will begin to work safely and efficiently to tackle the damage left behind by the tornados and strong winds.”

As of 2 p.m., Cleco had over 6,000 central Louisiana customers without power as a result of the storms.

Parish Customers without power
Avoyelles Parish 610
Rapides 5,856

Cleco reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines and to call 911 or Cleco at 1-800-622-6537 to report unsafe electrical situations.

Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC is a regional energy holding company that conducts its business operations through its subsidiaries, Cleco Power LLC and Cleco Cajun LLC. Cleco Power is a regulated electric public utility company that owns 10 generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,357 MWs and serves approximately 290,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  Cleco Cajun is an unregulated utility company that owns eight generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,555 MWs, with contracts serving nine Louisiana cooperatives, five wholesale municipal customers and one electric utility.  For more information about Cleco, visit us at

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