Storms Leave Downed Trees, Power Out in Parts of Arkansas

SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 - Posted at 11:48 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - High winds from strong thunderstorms damaged roofs and knocked trees into power lines in much of Arkansas as a cold front began to push through the state last night.  No injuries were reported.

Damage was reported across much of Arkansas, but none appeared major.  Hotels at Caddo Valley along Interstate 30 near Arkadelphia had roof damage and metal roofs were taken off a home and barn at Beebe.  A vehicle was hit by lightning on Interstate 40 near Brinkley and its tires blew out.

About 4,000 customers of the Entergy Arkansas electric utility were without power for a time Sunday.  Hardest hit was Little Rock, with 1,200 customers affected, while Pine Bluff and Malvern each had about 1,000 homes without power.

Gentry in northwestern Arkansas reported wind damage to trees Sunday morning.

After temperatures hit 90 or above in central and southern Arkansas on Sunday, the cold front was to drop temperatures considerably.  Highs Monday would be mostly in the 70s and low 80s, with lows mostly in the 40s by Wednesday morning.

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