JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Tense moments arrived on the wind for much of Region 8 last night. But, even though harsh winds blew and rain and lightning came down with mother nature's fury, Region 8 only suffered minor damage during the storm.
Shortly after 8pm, a line of severe thunderstorms hammered the Jonesboro area, packing damaging straight-line winds estimated around 60mph.
Craighead County OEM Coordinator David Moore says the reports were flooding in once the storms hit.
"We were getting lot of funnel cloud, tornado reports, things like that. We never really got any good confirmation on most of them. But what we did start seeing county-wide, pretty much, was a lot of high wind damage, straight-line winds."
The Jonesboro Dispatch Center reported power outages in the Southridge area of Jonesboro, parts of Bono, on KAIT Road, and 4306 E. Aggie as well as other parts of the city. Traffic lights flashed or went out completely on the intersections of Nettleton and Airport Rd., Caraway and Highland, and Main and Matthews.
Most of those power outages were due to trees falling and heavy wind. Dispatch confirms that trees fell in the following areas: Hwy 141 and CR 766, 4306 E. Aggie, on Hillcrest between Nettleton and Wilkins, CR 380 and CR 364, 462 CR 323, CR 331 and CR 361.
Power poles and lines on 2193 CR 425 and CR 361 just off College St. in Bono were reported to have caught fire.
Even a 1,000 square-foot section of roof was ripped off a local business along Highway 49.
'We had substantial winds, at least 60 to 70. I think we're fortunate we didn't have any more damage than what we did."
Torrential rains flooded many low-lying areas, leaving motorists stranded in the middle of the road and making repairs difficult for utility crews.
"I feel certain we've still got some downed power lines. We've got all our roadways clear as far as I'm aware. But we've got crews out there."
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