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Storms knock out power to thousands, bring damage to parts of state

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published April 14, 2014 at 6:30 a.m. Updated April 14, 2014 at 12:42 p.m.


A retaining wall on Kavanaugh Boulevard in Little Rock is shown crumbled Monday morning, April 14, 2014, after heavy rain and flash flooding the night before.

More than 2000 Entergy Arkansas customers were without electricity Monday after strong storms moved through the state, downing trees and power lines and causing flash floods.

The utility reported on its website and social media accounts that 2,177 customers were in the dark just after 12:40 p.m., down from about 10,000 earlier in the morning. More than 1,100 of the power failures then were in Pope County.

"Due to the thunderstorms along with the high winds that have moved through the area we are experiencing numerous outages," the utility said on its website. "Entergy personnel are working to restore service as quickly as safely possible."

There were no preliminary reports of injuries in the storms, which moved through at different times Sunday night, but there were numerous reports of downed trees around the state.

In the Piney Bay area of Johnson County, two homes suffered minor damage when trees fell on them. And in Booneville in Logan County, a roof was reported to have been blown off a building, the National Weather Service said.

In Little Rock, a tree fell on a car at Archwood Drive and Boyle Park Road, and a retaining wall crumbled along Kavanaugh Boulevard. In North Little Rock, Pulaski Technical College said flooding had forced Monday classes in its main-campus Science Building to be canceled.

Numerous trees, including some that fell on houses, were said to have been knocked down in Searcy in White County.

In Woodruff County, a tree fell across Arkansas 145 South, and a handful of houses and shops received minor damage, the weather service reported.

There were no indications of any injuries in the preliminary reports.

The storms also brought heavy rains and flash floods, blocking for a time Sunday night some Little Rock and North Little Rock roadways.


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