Storms' round 2 roughs up state

Posted: June 7, 2014 at 3:53 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --6/6/14-- A man walks through debris after checking damage on trucks behind Today's Office Friday after thunderstorms blew the roof off of a metal building on 8th Street between Gaines and State streets in downtown Little Rock.

A second round of storms Friday knocked out power to thousands of people in central Arkansas and spawned a short-lived tornado that injured two people in Batesville, and forecasters warned that more volatile weather is expected over the next several days.

Power failures

Entergy Arkansas reported about 5:45 p.m. that more than 34,000 of its customers were in the dark from the storms Thursday and Friday — down from about 47,000 failures reported earlier. The highest number — 12,190 — was in Pulaski County, which at one point Friday had more than 20,000 power failures. Mississippi, Poinsett, Pope, Saline and Garland counties each had more than 2,000 power failures Friday after the main storm system rolled through.

Entergy spokesman Sally Graham said power failures in the central Arkansas region are bringing linemen who were working to restore power in the northeast portion of the state after Thursday's storms to the Little Rock area.  Graham said around 450 linemen were working to restore power in northeast Arkansas. Power failures from Friday’s storms may require Entergy to call for help from its sister utility companies in Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana, Graham said.

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