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Strong storms slam Arkansas, knocking out power to thousands

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Crews are working to restore electricity throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma after damaging winds downed power lines and upended trees.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, received no reports of tornadoes Thursday but hail and wind damage reports were widespread in the eastern two-thirds of the country. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

In Arkansas, nearly 86,000 Entergy customers were without power Friday morning, down from a peak of 137,000 outages. The utility said it could take several days before power is restored to the hardest-hit areas.

Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas had about 15,000 customers without electricity Friday morning, and about 33,000 Oklahoma Gas & Electric customers in Arkansas and Oklahoma had no electricity, down from a peak of 53,000.

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