Storm causes damage in 13 Ark. counties

SAINT VINCENT, Ark. (AP) - Storms with wind gusts nearing hurricane speed are cutting across Arkansas, causing damage in at least 13 counties.

Tommy Jackson, a spokesman with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, says Conway and Johnson counties have reported structural damage from the storm. Jackson says damage appears to be at its worst near Saint Vincent on Arkansas 95 in Conway County and in Clarksville.

Other counties reporting damage are Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Newton, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Scott, Sebastian, White and Yell counties. Jackson says the damage included downed tree limbs and power lines.

The agency says it's received no reports of injuries or fatalities.

The storm developed out of Kansas and traveled through Oklahoma before entering Arkansas. The storm delayed the NCAA track and field championships in Fayetteville about four hours.

Entergy Arkansas says more than 38,000 customers were without electricity Friday afternoon. Most of Entergy's outages were in Faulkner and Pope counties.

First Electric Cooperative, which serves parts of central and southeast Arkansas, says it had 24,000 customers without power.

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