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Hail hammers tri counties

Thursday, May 1, 2003

HEAD-ON: A two-vehicle accident April 24 on Highway 9 south in front of Donnie's Body Shop injured three persons. Josh Hoppis, 20, of Harrison was traveling north when, according to a police report,
Baseball-size hail was reported April 24 near Boswell in Izard County, said Dennis Williams, Izard County Office of Emergency Management director. Fulton, Sharp and Izard counties were under a tornado watch as rain and hail hammered across the state.

Williams said he sounded the tornado warning sirens around 5:30 p.m. in Franklin, Oxford, Melbourne, Pineville, Guion and Mount Pleasant.

The worst damage in the county occurred in Oxford where a tornado was reported but never actually touched down, Williams said. He said a few low water bridges were impassable due to the two-inch rainfall. He said a few roads washed out and some trees were downed. Hail damage complaints are county-wide, Williams added. Golf ball-sized hail was reported around the court square in Melbourne.

Fulton County Judge Curren Everett said he scoured the county Friday morning after receiving reports of road damage around Elizabeth. He said slight damage occurred in the south half of Fulton County which was hit with nearly two inches of rain in less than an hour. Half-inch to one-inch size hail was also reported in the county, the judge said. Everett said damage was minimal and he has not heard of any structural damage.

Sharp County Judge Harold Crawford said some areas in Sharp received three inches of rain but the county received minimal damage. Crawford said a few roads received minor damage around Cave City. He said a few reports were made on cracked windshields due to the hail. "We were very fortunate we had very little damage," he said.

Jerry Estes, member services manager of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, said most of the power outages occurred around Oxford and Horseshoe Bend, and south of Viola.

Estes said crews worked until almost midnight to restore power to around 1,700 customers in the service area without power. Most of the electric was restored that night but some crews worked Friday morning. He said, "We withstood a pretty good storm with little damage."

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