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Mon March 3, 2014
Over 34,000 Lost Power in Arkansas
The latest round of wintry weather brought over 34,000 power outages statewide Monday. With the threat of precipitation subsiding Entergy Arkansas reported over 26,000 outages while the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas claimed roughly 8,000.
Sally Graham with the state’s largest electric utility Entergy said most of their customers without power are in the state’s northeast.
“The majority of the 25,000 customers who do not have power due to the storm will have their power back on by late Tuesday. The hardest hit areas like Helena, Blytheville, Marion, and Forrest City will have their power back on by late Wednesday,” said Graham.
Entergy reported only a few hundred residences were effected in Pulaski County. Graham said crews were prepared for the impact of ice.
“Part of storm restoration and preparation is that we make sure that we have the amount of inventory that we need. We look at various forecasting models, we’re able to then assess what kind of damage we would expect and we would need to prepare for days before a storm system actually arrives,” said Graham.
Graham noted 2,600 out-of-state workers were brought in to supplement Arkansas crews.