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Holiday storm causes power outage

Thursday, July 8, 2004

STORM DAMAGE: Thomas Murley's home was severely damaged July 4 when strong winds blew a tree into his porch.
Staff Writer

Severe thunderstorms knocked out electricity and caused other damage July 4 throughout the area.

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Manager of Member Accounts Jerry Estes said 8,000 customers in Fulton, Baxter, Izard, Sharp and Marion counties lost power when a cluster of thunderstorms pelted the area between 9 and 11 a.m.

Estes said approximately 25 percent of North Arkansas Electric Coop's customer base was affected.

Entergy spokesman James Thompson said 15,000 Entergy customers were affected by the storms statewide. He said the storms knocked down electrical wires and trees and damaged houses, especially in the Batesville area.

Local law enforcement officials said there were no reported injuries attributed to the storms.

National Weather Service Senior Forecaster John Lewis said the storms developed over Kansas the night before. He said the storms were the result of a derecho wind effect.

He said a derecho wind effect is a long lasting wind event associated with thunderstorms, that covers an area much larger than a regular thunderstorm.

Lewis said the storm winds ranged from 60 to 80 mph. He said rainfall from the thunderstorms averaged half an inch.

Estes said crews started restoring power immediately after the storms passed. He said crews worked until 3 a.m. July 5 repairing downed power lines and cleaning up storm debris.

He said the cost of repairing the damages an cleanup has yet to be determined.

"It was one great big mess," Estes said.

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