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Storms Prove Costly for Entergy

STUTTGART, AR - More than 170 utility workers from Entergy Arkansas are in Stuttgart, repairing power lines destroyed in Saturday's tornado.

Entergy said yesterday afternoon that 2,400 customers remained without power.  Though the skies remained clear, meteorologists with the National Weather Service warned another slow-moving storm could enter western Arkansas today.

Rates charged to Entergy's customers have an amount set aside to cover repairs and cleanup after natural disasters.  However, Entergy spokesman David Lewis said the company has already used up the more than $14 million fund after a wave of snow storms, torrential rains, tornadoes and flooding spread through the state since February 5.

John Bethel, director of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, said Entergy would have to come before its panel before seeking any additional rate hike.

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