COPY-Storms knock out power in parts of Ark

Associated Press - August 5, 2009 11:24 AM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Storms that rolled across central Arkansas knocked over trees and downed utility lines, leaving more than 24,000 people without electricity but no injuries are reported.

The mass of storms early Wednesday hit hardest in Lonoke, Pulaski and White counties.

Entergy Arkansas says outages peaked at 24,000. As of about 10 a.m., about 17,000 homes and businesses were dark.

Beebe had about 2,500 customers without power, Searcy had about 1,500 out, with another 1,000 in Bald Knob. Between them, Cabot and Lonoke had about 2,500 still in the dark.

Pine Bluff had 1,000 customers without lights.

The storm had moved into the southeastern quadrant of the state and more outages were expected. Entergy said some places recorded winds of up to 80 miles per hour.

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