Ice And Snow Leave Much of Region Without Power

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Layers of ice and snow have made for treacherous conditions, especially in areas which are shaded like this sidewalk on the south side of the Piggott square. And, conditions will be slow to improve with a forecast of temperatures in the teens through the remainder of the work week.

Another round of winter precipitation rolled through the region on Tuesday, but luckily Clay County was not impacted as badly as other areas.

As of this morning (Wednesday, Feb. 5,) the Electric Cooperative of Arkansas reported 10,400 customers without power. The hardest hit included the Craighead Electric Cooperative, along with those based in Jacksonville, Clinton, Arkadelphia and Forrest City.

Collectively the cooperatives peak outage count was around 18,000 during the latest round of bad weather, including some still without power from the weekend.

Meanwhile, widespread damage has been reported by Entergy. They report their outages jumped to around 6,000 by noon Tuesday, and then climbed to 18,650 by 2 p.m. According to spokesman David Burnette, "power lines were falling faster than we could pick them up."

The Northeast Region of Entergy reported some 17,000 customers without power, including over 2,200 in the Blytheville area, nearly 6,100 in Forest City, 4,600 in Marion, 2,189 in Searcy and just over 1,000 in Harrisburg. Luckily, they reported no storm related outages north of west of Jonesboro, due to the path of the main body of the storm.

Entergy also reports some customers in the region could be without power for two to three days, due to the widespread damage.

The bad news for those without power is the forecast, as temperatures are expected to plunge into the teens Wednesday and Thursday night.

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