Entergy working to restore power across Ark.

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  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Leaves were blowing and trees were swaying Thursday, causing difficulties for Entergy workers to restore power. Up to 60 mile per hour winds blew through the state Wednesday night, making it a dark morning for many Arkansans.

    "We've been without power for a few hours. It started when I was on my way to take my children to school," said Little Rock resident Kimberly Harris.

    A power pole, near her house, toppled over in the wind and diverted traffic and knocked power out to the neighborhood off of Chico road.

    "The wind was blowing really hard and it was really bad-cars had been blocked out. You seen people standing outside asking each other if their lights went out," described Harris.

    Entergy spokesperson Sally Graham said 42,000 customers were without power at the peak of the shortage.

    "We have all of our Entergy Arkansas crews here," she said. "We've called in people on vacation. We are also looking at moving resources internally to areas that were harder hit."

    Those harder hit areas were Hot Springs, Pine Bluff and Little Rock.

    To lessen the number of customers without power, Entergy brought in 240 workers from six different states, including Oklahoma and South Carolina.

    As of early Thursday night, 19,000 people were still without power. Graham said with the number of employees working on the power lines, the company hopes to have most homes and businesses reconnected by Friday night, but customers shouldn't be surprised if their outages roll over into the weekend.

    If you want to find out about power outages in your area, go to: http://viewoutage.entergy.com/ar.aspx

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