JONESBORO, AR (KAIT/AP) – Severe thunderstorms brought much-needed rainfall but unwelcome wind damage in parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma.
In Arkansas, a tree was blown onto a house in Paragould and an unoccupied house was damaged near Center Ridge. Tree and power line damage also was reported in Craighead County.
According to Monty Williams with Craighead Electric Cooperative , the outages are located in Poinsett, Greene, and Craighead Counties with the majority in Monette areas.
Williams says high winds blowing trees across power lines and lightning caused the outages.
"We would like to stress, if you see a power line down to stay away, it could still be energized." said Brian Duncan, CEO of Craighead Electric, "We are working diligently and safely to restore service to our member as quickly as possible."
Duncan also says if you have an outage to report call the Craighead Electric outage number at 1-888-771-7772.
Electrcity in some areas of northeast Arkansas were still out early Friday morning, and some may not see the power come back on until later Friday afternoon.
Winds of at least 60 mph were reported in western Arkansas, and winds gusting over 70 mph blew through parts of southern Oklahoma.
In Bryan County, wind gusts of 61 mph and 72 mph were reported near Durant, where some homes were damaged by trees. In McCurtain County, a tree fell onto a house near Hochatown and roof damage was reported in Haskell and Okmulgee counties.