Storms cause wind damage, power outages throughout region

Storms cause wind damage, power outages throughout region

CROSS COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A storm system Friday afternoon dumped rain and heavy winds throughout Region 8 as utility companies reported outages.

According to Entergy Arkansas, Arkansas had 5,187 people without power as of 9:30 a.m. Saturday with about 3,500 of the outages reported in Crittenden and Cross counties.

Other counties without power Friday at one point included Clay, Independence, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph, Stone, White, Woodruff, St. Francis and Sharp counties.

The storm also caused damage in the Wynne area.

A pole snapped as storms moved through Wynne.
A pole snapped as storms moved through Wynne. (Source: KAIT)

Wynne Fire Department Capt. Chris Damon said his department took multiple calls about tree limbs down on power lines, as well as calls about gas leaks.

There was also a report about a tree falling onto a house, but no injuries were reported, Damon said.

In Wynne, Jerry Brown was on his back porch as the storm moved through and he said "all hell broke loose. I mean it was straight line winds. Some of the big pecan trees behind were really leaning. I thought the tops were going to break out the tops of all of them.”

Jerry Brown of Wynne discusses the storm damage that hammered the Cross County town Friday. Heavy winds caused power outages throughout town.
Jerry Brown of Wynne discusses the storm damage that hammered the Cross County town Friday. Heavy winds caused power outages throughout town. (Source: KAIT-TV)

Brenda Harper was on the road when the storm hit and she said “I remember clinching it in my hands, and it was on me in seconds. It was on me. I got across the road and got knocked out. and my husband fell trying to get to me.”

She had some minor head injuries but she was otherwise unharmed.

Brenda Harper of Wynne talks about storm damage that happened in Cross County Friday.
Brenda Harper of Wynne talks about storm damage that happened in Cross County Friday. (Source: KAIT-TV)

Woodruff Electric crews have been moving into the city to attempt to get the lights back on but, according to Entergy’s website, that may not be until Saturday, May 23.

Many traffic lights are also out as a result of the severe weather and those intersections are to be treated as four-way stops.

A house trailer was also damaged in the area.

To the north, Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller said deputies checked out reports of roofs being blown off chicken houses in the Boydsville area along with trees down near Highway 90 Friday.

The National Weather Service also issued a tornado warning earlier Friday for Woodruff County as the storm system moved into the area.

Woodruff County Sheriff Phil Reynolds said no injuries were reported but trees and electric poles were down in the Morton and Fair Oaks area.

WEATHER INFORMATION

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