Major storm spares Central Arkansas

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The severe storm that raked across the state Tuesday night caused little damage in Central Arkansas, said Brandon Morris, deputy public information officer for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management today.

 

The storm packed high winds, hail and possible tornadoes. Tornado sirens went off in Little Rock. One person in Arkansas was reported injured by lightning, according to the Associated Press.


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Entergy Arkansas Inc. reported at least 9,000 power outages in several communities around Arkansas at the height of the storm, but Morris said Central Arkansas had only sporadic outages that were not widespread.

The Entergy website on Wednesday morning showed 73 customers in Conway affected by outages currently.

The storm likely caused some wind damage in Faulkner County, but "nothing major," said Capt. Matt Rice with the Sheriff's Office.

In Conway, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Winter said the worst of the storm missed the city. The northern half of the county got more rain, but no one reported damage in Conway, he said.

"Conway was good last night," Winter said.

Morris said Central Arkansas got lucky. But the county might not be out of the woods yet.

Faulkner County is under a warning for high winds between 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusts up to 35 miles per hour until 6 p.m., according to a Lake Wind Advisory issued by the National Weather Service early Wednesday.

 

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