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    Severe storms damage Ark. airport, cars and houses

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say strong winds from severe thunderstorms destroyed airplane hangars and damaged homes and vehicles as they moved across Arkansas.

    There were no immediate reports of major injuries with Friday's storms, which knocked out electric power to thousands of customers.

    In Independence County, the National Weather Service estimated winds were about 80 mph when they destroyed three hangars and damaged three airplanes at Batesville Regional Airport. In Desha, falling trees crushed three cars and damaged two houses.

    An emergency dispatcher says the office didn't receive any reports of injuries.

    Batesville radio announcer Michael Ferry says he was in the press box to call a high school game when winds shattered a window and cut him.

    Under 15,000 were without power Saturday.

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