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This power pole on Midway Road was one of many damaged in Sunday night's storm. Over 2,700 homes were without power after the local Entergy plant substation lost its feed of electricity. Power was restored to most customers within a few hours.
Submitted Photo ~ Bridget Russell

Strong winds cause
damage, mass outage

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

A severe storm with high-speed winds tore through parts of Lawrence County Sunday evening, downing several trees and causing structural damage and wide-spread power outages.

Most of the damage was caused in only a few short minutes as intense winds hit just after 6:30 p.m. Almost immediately, one of Entergy's transmission poles on Midway Road snapped, cutting off power to the local plant substation, which feeds electricity to large portions of Hoxie, Walnut Ridge and College City.

Entergy Service Manager David Burnette said over 2,700 homes were without power by 6:40. Workers were able to reroute the feed to the substation and most power was restored in a little over two hours.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp said damage was fairly mild in Walnut Ridge considering the strength of the winds. He said damage was mostly found just north of Midway Road along Heard, Razorback and Hope Streets.

Hoxie had several reports of downed power lines and trees, as well as damage to multiple vehicles and to the roofs of a couple of structures, including a local business, which received severe damage, according to Mayor Lanny Tinker.

Tinker said Hoxie was lucky to have come through as well as it did. "It could have been a lot worse than it was."

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Black River and as of Tuesday afternoon reported at least a 40 percent chance of rain every day this week.

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