Post-Gustav Power Restoration Continues in State

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Thousands of Arkansas electric customers remain without power today after the remnants of Hurricane Gustav finally moved from the state.

Gustav parked over Arkansas, reaching the state on Tuesday and knocking out power to as many as 140,000 utility customers. The storm didn't leave the state until yesterday.

Thousands of people from Louisiana evacuated to Arkansas and officials continued work to provide rides to evacuees who arrived at Fort Chaffee on government-organized buses and aircraft.

Highway crews worked to repair damage caused by high water. Arkansas Highway 7, the popular scenic route, was closed in Pope County, forcing a lenghty detour.

Entergy Arkansas spokesman James Thompson said there were 26,000 customers still without power on Friday, 8,200 in Hot Springs and 3,500 in Little Rock. Thompson said the other 14,000 or so outages were scattered across Entergy's territory in the state.

Thompson says the utility hopes to have the bulk of Hot Springs and Little Rock customers on by midnight tonight.

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