Storms leave behind damage and thousands without power

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Severe weather rolled through parts of northeast Arkansas Monday, leaving behind damage, and thousands without power.

The National Weather Service has already confirmed many trees and power lines being down in Greene, Craighead, Mississippi, and Poinsett Counties.

Craighead Electric Cooperative reports that as many as 3500 members lost power during the peak of the storm, about 1900 remain without power. Monty Williams with Craighead Electric Cooperative says they hope to have power restored by Midnight tonight.

Entergy Arkansas's website is also reporting thousands without power, with the heaviest outages reported in northeast Arkansas. Paul Brewster with Entergy says as of Monday evening, they have about 6,000 customers without power. They hope to have power restored in the Monette area by late Monday night.

In Greene County, local authorities reported damages to KFC, Rent One, and the downtown Mural in Paragould. Vance St. was also shut down for about an hour with a downed tree, and a home on Harmon Rd. was reported damaged.

ARI had received damage in Marmaduke, and a tractor trailer was blown over on Highway 49.

In Craighead County, Highway 226 at the railroad crossing was blocked due to a downed power line at the railroad crossings.

Power outages in Monette has force the city to enforce a mandatory curfew from sunset tonight until sunrise Tuesday or until power is restored. Harrisburg, Leachville, Trumann, and other areas are also reporting scattered power outages. There was also a power pole down at the Washington overpass in Jonesboro.

Local law enforcement also reported the Monette funeral home had roof damage, and a mobile home on Gann Street was also damaged.

In Cardwell, the city has issued a mandatory boil order until further notice due to power outages and low water pressure. They advise customers to boil water vigorously for three minutes prior to use. Use only boiled water for drinking, diluting fruit juices, and all other food preparations. You're also asked to get rid of ice cubes, and not to use ice from a household automatic icemaker. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces for at least one minute.

In Mississippi County, a tractor-trailer was reported over turned west of Manila.

No injuries have been reported in any county.

Region 8 News continues to provide you weather coverage both on air and online as the storms move through, and our reporters are currently out surveying damage. We will bring you more updates as they become available on air, online, and your mobile devices.

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