LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Power company Entergy says it could take up to a week to restore power to 160,000 homes still in the dark as of Wednesday.
In a tweet from the company, restorations are expected Thursday in Pine Bluff, Stuttgart, Lonoke, Marion, and Forrest City. On Friday, Entergy expects restorations in Blytheville and Jacksonville.
According to CEO and President Hugh McDonald, day one was spent mostly assessing the damage - a process he says is only about 10 percent complete.
Entergy Arkansas has about 400 employees across the state working to restore power. The company is calling in 400 more crews (about 4,000 workers) from surrounding areas to help.
One of the main problems, says McDonald, is traffic on Interstate 40. Road conditions and fallen tree limbs are making it difficult for crews to get where they need to go.
Another issue is figuring out how to get to the damage, and fixing it from that point. When power will be restored to individual households depends mainly on the terrain and type of damage.
"We expect the following communities that were affected by the storm to have power today will be Helena and Russellville," says McDonald. "Tomorrow will be Pine Bluff, Stuttgart, Lonoke, Marion and Forrest City. Friday will be Blytheville and Jacksonville. The remaining areas, Hot Springs, Little Rock areas and Malvern areas, those will be up to the seven day period."
Entergy customers can text "REG" to 368374 to receive alerts when power crews will be in their area.