Entergy Arkansas reports 88,000 customers without power

    4:47 PM, Apr 26, 2011   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- As of 4 p.m., nearly half of the Entergy Arkansas, Inc. customers who lost power Monday night had their service restored. About 45,000 remain without power following a devastating series of thunderstorms and tornadoes that rolled through Arkansas last night.

    At the worst point, around midnight, about 88,000 Entergy Arkansas customers had lost service.

    Thunderstorms occurring in Arkansas Tuesday afternoon and evening are likely to cause new outages, so estimating restoration times for those currently out of power will have to wait until at least Wednesday.

    In addition to the 400 linemen and support workers who are part of the Entergy Arkansas workforce, the company is bringing in nearly 800 additional workers from out-of-state to help with the restoration.

    The biggest concentration of Entergy Arkansas outages is in Garland and Hot Spring Counties, with 16,000 out of service there. There are 7,000 out in Pulaski County, and 3,700 in Faulkner County, where a tornado badly damaged the town of Vilonia.

    Stay away from downed power lines. If you see a power line on the ground and suspect Entergy doesn't know about it already, call 1-800-9-OUTAGE to report dangerous situations, as well as outages.

    Customers are encouraged to sign up for My Account Online at www.entergy.com where, among other features, they can sign up to receive text messages telling them their power is out and then when it is back on.

    (Source: Entergy Arkansas)

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