SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Severe storms hammered parts of Arkansas Monday afternoon, leaving some damage behind. According to Sharp County OEM Coordinator Gene Moore, most of the damage was done to the roofs of homes and roads. He said a few roads have been washed out by heavy rain. As of 9:00 Monday night, five homes sustained roof damage from falling tree branches.
"We were in the store. We had customers. It got dark and everything," said Robin Baker, owner of the Highland Health Mart off of Highway 62 in Sharp County. "Normally a thunderstorm is a thunderstorm; we don't worry too much about it. Everybody opened the door to see what was going on, and about the time they did, the whole roof from the back to the front came over like a waterfall. Everybody came back inside."
Baker said business was closed for about an hour while the storm blew through; however; it will be back up and running Tuesday.
"Everybody with the power company was down here within an hour. The police were down here within minutes. Everybody is doing a real good job," said Baker.
Moore said an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 homes were without power after the storm hit. He expected all home to have power restored by Tuesday morning. He said most roads have been cleared of large tree branches.
Baker had some volunteers cover the roof with a blue tarp to prevent rain water from seeping into his business.
In Hardy, city employees worked to clear roads of large trees, which were uprooted by high winds. Moore said he believes the damage was done by straight line winds.
"We got the damage here at the health market and then we have a house in Cherokee that's had some damage. That's all the reports of damage I have so far," said Moore. "We've had lots of trees down, blown over, county roads blocks. We've got some washed out."