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Power restored after substation damage knocks out power to thousands

(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)
Updated: Sep. 23, 2020 at 9:20 AM CDT
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - Residents of Lawrence County woke Wednesday morning to a massive power outage.

Entergy Arkansas reported just after 5 a.m. that more than 2,400 people in the towns of Hoxie and Walnut Ridge were without electricity.

As of 9:15 a.m., Entergy reports 1,286 customers remained without power. The company estimates it will be 1 p.m. before electricity is fully restored.

Power has been restored, according to the Entergy Arkansas website.

The City of Walnut Ridge announced on social media that “damage at the Entergy substation” was the cause of the outage.

Entergy reported more than 2,400 customers were without power.
Entergy reported more than 2,400 customers were without power.(Entergy Arkansas)

Despite the outage, according to a Facebook message, Hoxie school buses ran as normal with school set to start as usual at 8 a.m.

By 9 a.m. the school district announced that it would dismiss at 9:45 a.m. for blended learning at home.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and provide updates as they become available.

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