March 30, 2011 Edition

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Wind causes power outage

High winds on Wednesday afternoon caused circuits in a power substation to short, which shut down power for approximately two hours.

Winds on Thursday averaged between 12 and 15 miles per hour with gusts up to 23 miles per hour. This caused electrical wires to whip in the wind, becoming more pronounced as the wind velocity increased.

"When high voltage wires touch, it causes a short and opens the circuit at the substation," said David Burnett with Entergy." This stops the flow of electricity."

"Linemen followed the lines inspecting sections for downed lines or obstructions on the wires," Burnett said. "No damage was found and the circuits were reset."

Outages were reported at Hoxie, Walnut Ridge and College City.

Sherri Sparks with the Lawrence County Communications Center said no emergencies were reported.

Both the communications center and Lawrence Memorial Hospital lost power, but were able to continue functioning with generators.

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