Thousands of Harrisburg residents without power

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT)- A lot of residents in Poinsett County are without power Tuesday night. David Burnette with Entergy said at about noon Tuesday the outages in northeast Arkansas jumped to over 6,000 and by 2 p.m. that number spiked to 18,650.

Residents who live west of Harrisburg on Hwy 14 were without power for most of the day.

"This area is pretty bad about losing power, the limbs crossing the river, the limbs are bad about falling on the wires," said Harrisburg resident, Sidney Parker.

Parker said he and his wife have been in the dark for hours.

"We've got supplemental heat, a little gas stove so it doesn't require any power and it comes in real handy," he said.

For some customers in northeast Arkansas, this is day 2 of storm-related outages Entergy crews have responded to. But residents like Parker said they are thankful for good neighbors.

"My neighbors all check on me, some of them call and come by so we're blessed with some good neighbors," he said.

David Burnette with Entergy said the power lines are falling faster than they can pick them up. In Harrisburg alone, a little over a thousand residents are without power. He said they are calling in more crews and assembling a storm team to assist in the power restoration.

But for Parker, he said if the power isn't restored until tomorrow, he knows they will be ok.

"No problem, we just leave the stove burning and put another quilt on and we will have it made. In Harrisburg alone, a little over a thousand residents are without power," he said.

Burnette wants to remind residents to stay away from downed power lines and to call 1-800-9OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243) to report downed or dangling power lines.

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