Storms cause damage, leave more than 39,000 in northwestern Arkansas without electricity


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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A band of severe thunderstorms that blew through Arkansas has left more than 39,000 homes and businesses without electricity.

There were no reports of injuries due to the Wednesday storms.

Entergy Arkansas Inc. reported that 39,316 customers were without power after a wave of thunderstorms moved through late in the afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several northwest counties, with forecasters saying storms were capable of producing damaging winds up to 60 mph, destructive hail and deadly lightning.

Forecasters advised residents in the path of the line of storms to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of their homes or businesses.

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