Storms cause power outages in northwest Arkansas.
SWEPCO reports more than 25 utility poles and power lines snapping ties and Verizon also reports service outages caused by storms.
SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Thousands of people were without power on Wednesday, March 30, after a tornado swept through the area.
Severe thunderstorms brought high winds and a tornado warning to the area just after 4 a.m. Wednesday.
SWEPCO says as of noon, storms downed more than 25 utility poles and power lines, snapping crossties.
As of noon Wednesday, about 7,600 customers were without power in northwest Arkansas, the majority of them in the cities of Johnson, Springdale and Fayetteville. At its peak, around 9,000 people were without power between 5 and 6 a.m. Wednesday.
SWEPCO says residents should stay away and keep children and pets away from all downed power lines. They should be considered live and dangerous. They also warn not to touch anything in contact with the line, such as trees, fences or puddles, as they can conduct electricity.
SWEPCO and contractor crews continue to assess the damage and are working to restore power in the safest and fastest way possible. Estimated restore times will be shared as they become available.
Arkansas Division of Emergency Management says Twitter Verizon reports that 40-60 sites are down, causing a service outage. They say they are working diligently to restore it.
Call SWEPCO to report any failed lines or equipment.
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