64 mph winds topple power poles on I-555, causing crash

64 mph winds topple power poles on I-555, causing crash
One of several light poles toppled along Interstate 555 when 64 mph winds tore through Jonesboro. (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Storms packing wind gusts up to 64 miles per hour knocked down power poles along Interstate 555 in Jonesboro, causing at least one crash.

Jonesboro E911 reports several power poles toppled near the Washington Avenue exit, leading to a crash.

According to the National Weather Service, at the height of the storm the Jonesboro Municipal Airport recorded 64 mph wind gusts.

The storm also brought torrential rains, flooding several streets in southeast and downtown Jonesboro, according to Jeff Presley, E911 director.

He also reported power lines down on the west side of town.

Once the storms passed, Craighead Electric Co-Op dispatched work crews to repair broken poles on Hasbrook Road and Highway 226 near Bell Athletics.

The co-op reported three outages, affecting 374 customers. By 8:30 a.m., just 55 customers remained without power, many of those in Greene County.

At 8:30 a.m., Craighead Electric Co-Op reported three outages affecting 374 customers.
At 8:30 a.m., Craighead Electric Co-Op reported three outages affecting 374 customers. (Source: Craighead Electric Cooperative Corp.)

As the storms moved through White County, the Taco Bell sign in Bald Knob was blown down.

Crashes reported:

6:43 a.m. County Road 937: Brookland school bus in ditch. No children on the bus. Driver reported to be okay.

7:12 a.m. County Road 905: Vehicle in the ditch.

7:28 a.m. County Road 425: Presley reports the road is flooded and “unsafe for traffic at this time.”

7:37 a.m. East Johnson & Scott: Three-vehicle crash. One lane blocked.

7:54 a.m. Johnson & Red Wolf: Crash blocking intersection; no injuries.

8:18 a.m. Harrisburg Road: Crash near Central Baptist Church. No word on injuries.

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