Overnight storms topple trees, knock out power to thousands

Storm damage reported in Walnut Ridge

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Overnight storms knocked down trees and powerlines from one side of Region 8 to the other.

One of the hardest-hit areas was Walnut Ridge where city officials reported some damage to buildings, including reports of windows blown out of the Walmart store.

Barton’s of Walnut Ridge also sustained structural damage.

Mayor Charles Snapp said the worst damage was along Highway 67B, and behind the Taco Bell.

He also said damage was reported along Main Street in front of the hospital.

Only minor injuries were reported after a tree fell.

Snapp cautioned that all of the city’s stoplights were out, including the one at the intersection of Highways 63 and 91.

The storm also knocked out power to hundreds of the town’s residents.

As of 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, City Water Works crews were installing generators at the primary wastewater stations to keep as many of the town’s sewers working as possible.

Crews from City Water Works are currently hooking generators to the primary wastewater stations to keep as many sewer...

Posted by City of Walnut Ridge Arkansas on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The lack of power forced the Lawrence County School District to cancel classes for the day, while the Sloan-Hendrix School District and Hoxie School District both switched to virtual learning.

Hoxie School District will have a Virtual Learning day due to lack of electricity and road conditions. All students will learn from home.

Posted by Hoxie High School Parent Information on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Within hours of the storm’s passing, the Southern Baptist Association’s Disaster Relief Team was in Walnut Ridge, making assessments and providing free services to residents who qualify.

Disaster Relief Team, a group with the Southern Baptist Association, is in town. They will be making assessments of...

Posted by City of Walnut Ridge Arkansas on Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Overnight storms down trees, powerlines

In Paragould, the winds flipped over an unoccupied mobile home.

Meanwhile, city workers were busy cleaning up downed trees and power lines along Mockingbird Lane.

Entergy Arkansas reported the storms knocked out power to more than 60,000 customers.

Power outages being reported across Region 8.
Power outages being reported across Region 8. (Source: Entergy Arkansas)

After moving through Arkansas, the storms passed into Missouri, packing 60 mile per hour winds. In Kennett, a viewer reported numerous trees down in the area.

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