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100,000+ Without Power, Flights Suspended

14 Jul 2016, 6:53 pm
Photo: Gregory Bledsoe
Photo: Gregory Bledsoe

Severe storms with strong winds moved through Little Rock, Arkansas this evening, knocking out power and suspending flights at Clinton National Airport. Winds in excess of 70-mph created havoc on the city. A peak measured wind gust of 67-mph was measured at Little Rock Adams Field, and a wind gust of 80-mph in Otter Creek. As of 7:45PM CDT, Entergy Arkansas, was reporting almost 116,000 people without power in the Little Rock metro.

At one point this evening, the Clinton National Airport suspended all flights still due to the storm. There was no damage at airport, but a portion of lighting is out in baggage claim due to generator problem. Flights have since resumed as of 7:30PM CDT.

Many in the Little Rock metro took shelter as this line of storms moved through. Even the National Weather Service in Little Rock had to take shelter and handed off their operations for a short time to the National Weather Service in Memphis Tennessee.

11PM CDT UPDATE: Entergy Arkansas is reporting outages at 110,000 now, which is down from 137,000.  There is still a lot of work to do. Entergy Arkansas will be getting help from sister Entergy utilities and other sources.

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