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Entergy Arkansas storm update – 9/6/23, 9:30 p.m.
Entergy Arkansas sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience of being without power and thanks you for your patience as we continue to work diligently to restore power in your area. A quick but mighty microcell thunderstorm blew through Little Rock this afternoon, bringing 70-80 mph wind gusts and causing widespread damage in many of the areas of West Little Rock that were previously affected by the March 31 tornado, including areas in the southeast region of the state.
As of 9 p.m. the outage map shows more than 16,000 Entergy Arkansas customer outages, with just over 13,000 of those in Pulaski County and over 2,000 in Drew County. Crews are working to repair at least 30 broken poles and restore power in the affected areas where it is safe to do so. Multiple poles are broken and wires are down throughout West Little Rock including Rodney Parham, Shackleford Road, Green Mountain Drive and Walnut Valley. We anticipate that some outages will carry over into tomorrow.
Customers in Harrison, Malvern, Pine Bluff, and McGehee are also experiencing power outages at this time.
Entergy Arkansas crews are currently working to restore power in these areas. Estimated response times for specific streets and neighborhoods can be found on our outage map. It is important for customers to know this is just an estimate. Restoration times may be adjusted once damage is assessed. We appreciate your patience as we work to assess damages and restore power as quickly and safely as possible.
Some customers who currently have power may experience brief power outages as workers restore power to all customers. Please check the outage map regularly for your latest restoration time.
Entergy Arkansas strives to provide the most up-to-date information about outages, but customers with special needs or other circumstances in hard-hit areas may want to seek options for other accommodations until power is restored.
Please watch for any power lines that have fallen into trees and onto the ground. Stay away from any downed power lines and report them to 1-800-ENTERGY. The service territory has been struck by severe storms multiple times this year.
Thank you for being a valued Entergy Arkansas customer. We appreciate your patience.
To protect yourself and your families, follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Drink fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty.
- Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat.
- Replace salt lost from sweating by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks.
- Avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest part of the day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wear sunscreen: a sunburn affects the body's ability to cool itself.
- Air conditioning is the best way to cool off; if you are using a generator, do so safely.
- Check on seniors, who can be particularly susceptible to extreme temperatures.
Entergy Arkansas urges customers to keep safety first. Here are some tips to keep you safe while we restore your power.
- Live wires can be deadly. Stay away from downed power lines. Call 1-800-9OUTAGE or 1-800-968-8243 to report downed or dangling power lines, damaged or downed poles or other damaged equipment.
- Do not trim trees or remove debris on or near downed power lines. Only power company crews or their contractors should remove trees or limbs touching power lines. Again, stay away from downed power lines.
- Keep away from the immediate areas where crews are working. There is always the danger of moving equipment and the possibility of construction materials, limbs or overhead wires falling to the ground.
- If you plan on using a generator for temporary power, get a licensed electrician and disconnect from the utility electric system before hooking up to your main electric panel.
- Do not run a generator in a confined space without adequate ventilation. Use them only outdoors, following all manufacturers’ safety guidelines.
- Turn off any electrical appliances that can easily be turned to the off position until power is restored.
- Try to stay off the roads in affected areas. More traffic in bad weather leads to more accidents, including more injuries and fatalities as well as accidents that can damage electrical poles and other equipment, creating outages and impeding the ability of crews to access and repair damage and slowing restoration.
We want to keep you informed and in control. The best way to get information about outages is via Entergy’s View Outage page on our website. Additional resources for your convenience:
- Download our app for your smartphone at entergy.com/app or visit Entergy Storm Center to stay informed on our restoration progress.
- Sign up for text alerts. From your cell phone, text REG to 368374, or visit entergytext.com.
- Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @EntergyARK.
- Follow updates in your local news media, like radio, television, and newspapers.