UNDATED, AR (KAIT) – A cluster of thunderstorms have developed in southwest Missouri and strengthened as it moved into Region 8.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 12 p.m. as the storms moved southeast along a cold front.
Entergy Arkansas, Inc. reported power outages in the Batesville, Cave City, Newark, Jacksonport, Ash Flat, Hardy, and Cherokee Village areas. Craighead Electric reported the electric service has been interrupted to 3,400 members in Lawrence, northwestern Craighead, and northern Greene Counties. The later electric company says power poles were reported down in the Imboden and Black Rock area, and scattered outages have been reported in Poinsett, Sharp, and Randolph.
Since the storm, Craighead electric says an estimated 1,200 of its members were without power. Craighead Electric Co-op CEO Brian Duncan says all members should be back online by Tuesday evening as linemen are working as quickly as possible to restore power.
Greene County, Fulton County, and Randolph County Sheriff Departments all reported trees down in various areas.
Sharp, Izard, Randolph Sheriff Departments reported outages and lines down all over their counties. Jonesboro Dispatch said a powerline had fallen across Highland Drive in front of Wal-Mart, blocking tuesday morning traffic.
Meteorologist Sarah Tipton says a cold front that has been draped to the north of Region 8 will finally move across the Mid-South Tuesday, causing storms as it meets with some upper level energy.
Most of the area will be storm free by noon, but a few storms may remain through the early afternoon.
If you see a power line down to stay away, it could still be energized. Report the downed powerline to your electric company as soon as possible.