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Entergy storm teams on high alert for winter weather

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Entergy Arkansas is preparing for this latest round of winter weather.

Sally Graham with Entergy said its crews are on high alert. "We're preparing for the possibility in certain areas of Arkansas and in our service territory of 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch of ice accumulation so there could be some outages related to that from ice on our wires to ice on a tree limbs," said Graham.

Graham said about 500 hundred outages were reported on Wednesday, and that's compared to 7,000 on Monday.

The majority of the outages are in Saline County, after a car hit a pole Wednesday morning.

Graham said that if you do lose power, turn the heat on your thermostat off. That makes it easier for crews to monitor voltage levels after they fix the issue.

Customers can download Entergy smartphone app to receive text alerts and keep track of outages.

Forecast, Closings, etc: Helpful links for severe weather

With winter weather visiting Arkansas this weekend, we want to make sure you're as ready as can be for anything that comes our way. We hope these links are helpful to you.

Be safe and stay warm!

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LATEST THV11 WEATHER FORECAST: http://on.kthv.com/1iwurd0

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: http://on.kthv.com/1g6MlkC

BUSINESS CLOSINGS/EVENT CANCELLATIONS: http://on.kthv.com/IRFrBZ 

SIGN UP FOR TEXT ALERTS: http://on.kthv.com/IukDQm 

Inclement weather preparation taking place in Bryant

Inclement weather preparation taking place in Bryant

BRYANT, Ark. (City of Bryant) - Based on the weather predictions we are receiving for Central AR and the potential for this early winter ice storm to catch so many off guard, the City of Bryant is hoping for the best, preparing for the worst, and will take what comes.  Our main interest is the safety of our citizens.  

Mayor Dabbs has activated The Center at Bishop Park to be prepared to transform into a warming shelter in case of major power outages due to ice. The red cross has been notified so they will know where to bring supplies if necessary.  A big thank you to First Electric for making The Center at Bishop Park a priority in the event it should lose power. The streets department is preparing for mobilization to keep the roads as safe as possible.  Public Safety has their vehicles and equipment prepared and ready to respond if needed.  

Fallen Tree Punctures Home, Smashes Mini Van After Flash Flooding In Hot Springs Saturday

Fallen Tree Punctures Home, Smashes Mini Van After Flash Flooding In Hot Springs Saturday

Heavy rain and thunderstorms caused area streams to flow rapidly Saturday in Garland County. In the picture Gulpha Creek at the Gulpha Gorge Campground was flowing at full blast Saturday afternoon while most campers at the park stayed indoors to keep dry.

The heavy rain also likely played a big part in a large oak tree falling onto a house around 6pm Saturday. The tree in the yard at 128 Watt Street uprooted and fell against the roof and onto Linwood Street.

Tree Tumbles Into Home During Storm Wednesday

Tree Tumbles Into Home During Storm Wednesday

 

A Hot Springs residence was heavily damaged from a falling tree during a thunderstorm around 5:45 pm Wednesday.

A large oak tree uprooted and fell through the roof and into the rear wall of the house at 616 Ward Street.

The Hot Springs Fire Department and Police responded to the house.

Winter Weather moves in

Check our LiveView Radar to track the winter storms as they move in to the Natural State. You can also check with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @todaysthv to stay up-to-date on winter weather.

More than 30K without power as of 5:45 am Sat.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Storms across the state leave several without power.

According to Entergy, more than 30,000 customers are without electricity at this time.  

To view outages, visit Entergy's website. Here at Today's THV, our weather team is continuing to monitor these storms.

In addition, many damages have been reported in central Arkansas.  Crews have heard that trees are donw in areas of Saline County, and also in Cleburne County.  In areas of Little Rock, there have been reports of power lines and trees being down.