Tornado Clean-up Begins in Central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Power is being restored across central Arkansas today, where tornadoes left a path of downed trees, snapped utility poles and damaged homes and businesses.

Utility companies said power was out to a total of 47,000 customers this morning and that it would be slow going to bring some areas back up, considering the level of damage.

Near Benton, a dozen homes were destroyed at the Hurricane Creek Mobile Home Park.  Emergency workers had trouble responding because downed power lines and trees blocked the main road in.  A gas leak caused by a felled tree ignited a fire that destroyed one of the trailers.

Benton Police Captain Roger Gaither says 70 trailers suffered some sort of damage.  Gaither says it is amazing no one was hurt.

State police say one person died this morning on Interstate 30 in Clark County in a crash that appears to have been related to heavy rain that was falling.

Some problems did start to clear up.  On I-30, traffic is moving again in southwest Little Rock.  Flood water had covered a stretch of the highway for a time, forcing officials to route traffic onto Arkansas Hwy. 5.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)