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Ice storm brings extensive outages to central La.

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PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — Freezing rain is causing extensive outages in Cleco's service territory in central Louisiana.

Officials say trees and tree limbs incased in ice are falling, causing more than 27,500 outages statewide. The hardest hit areas are Rapides, Avoyelles and Grant parishes.

Anthony Bunting, vice president of transmission and distribution operations, said in a news release there were more than 18,500 outages in Rapides, 7,000 in Avoyelles and 1,200 in Grant parishes.

Bunting had no estimate when power would be restored.

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