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Entergy Arkansas storm update – 9/7/23, 3 p.m.
About 6,000 customers remain without power in Little Rock and Monticello areas after severe thunderstorms quickly moved through the state yesterday evening. At the height of the storm, 19,344 customers were without power.
Hardest hit was an area in West Little Rock where reported wind gusts of 70 mph were reported. Much of the effected areas by yesterday’s storms also sustained tornado damage on March 31. There have been 20 major storms that have effected Entergy Arkansas this year, and nine of those storms have occurred this summer.
Entergy Arkansas sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience of being without power and thanks you for your patience as we continue to work diligently to safely restore power in your area.
Crews worked hard yesterday to restore power to local schools, so classes could resume as normal today.
About 300 workers are removing trees and replacing dozens of broken poles and equipment to restore power. Much of the work involves backyards where access can be difficult and special equipment is required.
The majority of customers without power should have it tonight, but a few hundred customers may not be restored until tomorrow.
Customers can get updates on their outages by visiting our map at www.entergy.com/viewoutages. Estimated times of restoration will be updated as crews continue working to restore power to all customers.
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.
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.
- 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.