CROSS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Strong winds caused substantial damage throughout Cross County, according to Cross County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Rusty McClain.
According to McClain, several people are without power in Cherry Valley and Hickory Ridge after high winds blew through the area. Heavy rain also drench the area.
McClain said trees are on top of cars, power lines and three vacant homes in Hickory Ridge. The storm also blew the roof off a home.
Entergy Arkansas reports more than 500 people are without power in Cherry Valley and Hickory Ridge areas.
McClain advises drivers to be cautious of tree limbs, downed power lines and leaning power poles on county roads and side roads.
A majority of Marked Tree and Tyronza in Poinsett County were without electricity where spotters reported a 71 mph wind gust when the storms moved through. The wind blew over two high profile vehicles near Marked Tree on U.S. 63 in the storm.
In Paragould, strong winds blew over trees across the city. One tree fell on a car. Numerous limbs are down across Paragould.
There are no reports of injuries because of Thursday's storms.