September 25th,2005- Posted at 7:00 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ As the remnants of Hurricane Rita leave the state, Entergy Arkansas is working to restore tens of thousands of power outages that occurred during squalls yesterday.
Entergy spokesman David Lewis says outages reached 60 thousand at their peak yesterday and are down to 30 thousand today. The greatest concentration of outages was in south Arkansas but cities across the state had power losses.Communities with one-thousand or more customers without power included El Dorado, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, Lake Village, Little Rock, Magnolia, Monticello and Pine Bluff.
Flash flood warnings continued today in east Arkansas as the rest of the state dried out. Tornadoes generated by the storm did damage Saturday in Conway, Lonoke and White Counties, and trees and utility lines were felled elsewhere as heavy rain and some stiff winds did their work. A storm assessment team from the National Weather Service in Little Rock was in the Searcy area today to scope out damage from an apparent tornado that damaged a home and a church.
Despite rain of five to six inches that was widespread, rivers did not rise to dangerous levels. The weather service says the ground was parched from the absence of rain for weeks before Rita,so the soil was able to absorb much of the rain that fell and thus reduce flooding chances.