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Strong winds from Thursday's storm caused a tree to fall on the home of Junior and Glenda Johnson at Minturn. The house took massive damage, but both residents where unharmed by the impact.
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Storm causes damage, claims life

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Fierce wind and heavy rain hit Lawrence County Thursday downing many trees and telephone poles, causing damage to multiple homes and claiming one life in Black Rock.

Charlene Clara Clark, 81, died when intense winds from the early afternoon storm forced a tree down on the vehicle she was sitting in on the Black Rock School Campus.

The Black Rock Fire Department, Black Rock Police, Arkansas State Police and Walnut Ridge Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Clark was pronounced dead at the site..

Clark retired from Black Rock School this year. She had been working as a custodian.

Another tree fell in Minturn, causing mass structural damage to the home of Junior and Glenda Johnson. The tree tore through the back of the house into the bedroom where Glenda spent most of her time on bed rest due to a recent back surgery.

Fortunately, Glenda had left the bedroom and was resting in the living room at the time of the impact. Junior was in his shop detached from the house. Neither were injured by the falling tree.

A one-vehicle accident on the border of Lawrence and Sharp counties also occurred due to the storm. Ravenden police were dispatched to the scene.

A report from Craighead Electric Cooperative showed 200 without power by 4 p.m. on Thursday. The number increased to 325 as of 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Monty Williams, vice president of marketing and communications, said all power was restored to the entire system Saturday night.

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