Ice causes problems for power grids

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Power companies around Jonesboro are currently recovering from the winter weather that occurred on Sunday evening.

Monty Williams of Craighead Electric said they had "two to three poles that were broke down around the Earle area."  Craighead Electric was not the only electric company with problems, Entergy Arkansas said they were still having problems with some of their locations in Mississippi, Crittenden, and Poinsett counties.

 David Burnette with Entergy said that crews were still assessing damage through late this afternoon and that some people may be left in the dark tonight.

This all will seem fairly small though after tomorrow.  Moving in Tuesday morning we will see a chance of a quarter to a half an inch of freezing rain and sleet across Region 8.  This brings up more of a problem with the power grid across the region, which has the electric companies preparing for what is ahead while taking care of the problem at hand. 

  "We have already brought in other contract workers and they will be on standby with this next storm," said Burnette.  Both Burnette and Williams said that they are expecting the winter weather and have been preparing accordingly.

Williams said that at Craighead Electric "if something comes through tonight or over the weekend, we'll always have some help in reserve somewhere."  Both companies expect to have more damage on their lines with more power outages as we move through the rest of the week.

With wintry weather expected to come in on Tuesday morning and on Friday evening through Saturday, many encourage people to prepare just in case the power goes out in their area.  

If you have power outages with Craighead Electric call 888-771-7772.

If you have power outages with Entergy Arkansas call 1-800-968-8243.

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