Lineworkers are like celebrities when they roll in to restore power after a storm. In neighborhoods or on a lonely country road, there’s always someone who wants to say thanks, shake hands, offer a meal or ask for help. Hurricane Ida was no different.
As of 8 a.m., crews and resources were working to restore outages to the remaining 1,000 customers as quickly and as safely as possible.
As of 4 p.m., statewide outages have been reduced to 3,540 customers. Over 86,000 customer outages have been restored, totaling 95% of customers who experienced an outage in the last few days.
The remaining customers without power are in the hardest-hit areas of Forrest City, Marion, Stuttgart, Harrisburg and Blytheville.
Statewide outages from this week's severe winter weather have been reduced to approximately 6,420 customers Saturday evening, from a Wednesday peak of 30K.
Freezing rain is falling in the southern part of the state, but the majority of outages from the winter storms should be restored this weekend.
While the peak from this week’s winter storms was 30,087 customer outages, Entergy Arkansas has restored more than 59,000 customers to service.
The line of severe winter weather that brought freezing rain and ice accumulations exited the state last night, and power restoration continues.
Crews are working to restore power, but ice damage and ongoing weather conditions are slowing progress. So far, more than 100 poles, 330 spans of wire and 69 cross arms have been discovered damaged so far.