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'Worst-case scenario' | Olga catches many in Louisiana off guard

Tens of thousands are without power as tropical storm roars through Bayou State
Credit: Terry Poche via WWL-TV

BEAUMONT, Texas — Tropical Storm Olga was only a tropical storm for a few hours, but it was strong enough to cause widespread damage and knock power out to more than 100,000 homes and businesses. 

The unexpected strength of winds from Olga knocked out power to more than 92,000 Entergy customers and more than 40,000 Cleco customers Saturday. 

Power began slowly return Saturday afternoon. But some homes may not have power restored until Sunday. 

"That's the worst-case scenario for most customers," Lee Sabatini of Entergy Louisiand told WWL-TV Saturday. "People can expect their power to be restored sooner than 6 p.m. in most cases."

Majority of the outages were in Tangipahoa Parish. 

The timing not ideal for LSU fans who are without power for their top 10 matchup with Auburn in Baton Rouge. 

Winds at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport reached 50 mph with gusts of nearly 60 mph on Saturday morning. 

There were two power outages at the airport Saturday causing multiple flights to be cancelled and delayed. Security lines snaked through the airport for most of the morning. 

Olga prompted a flash flood emergency for Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes south of New Orleans Saturday morning. 

The now post-tropical storm also to blame for two tornadoes in Alabama Friday night. 

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