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SWEPCO continues storm restoration work in Arkansas, Louisiana

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Southwestern Electric Power Company crews continue to work safely and quickly to restore service to the approximately 2,000 customers who remain without power following Wednesday’s severe storms.

The storm system caused major damage in Central Louisiana and Northwest Arkansas, where an EF-3 tornado tore through parts of the area.

SWEPCO crews continue to repair poles, crossarms, downed wire and transformers. Significant progress has been made in Louisiana, and estimated times of restoration for Mansfield, Natchitoches and Hornbeck areas have been updated to 5 p.m. today.

In Northwest Arkansas, the storm system caused major damage to the cities of Johnson, Springdale and parts of Fayetteville, and crews are working safely and quickly to make repairs. The storm took down 38 utility poles and their power lines, broke crossarms and damaged multiple transformers. As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, approximately 945 Northwest Arkansas customers remained without power, with a majority in Springdale. At peak, approximately 9,000 customers in Northwest Arkansas were without power between 5 and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Storm damage also occurred near the Springdale Municipal Airport, where crews continue to focus a majority of their work to safely and quickly restore power.

Estimated times of restoration to 95% of customers in these Northwest Arkansas areas are:

South Springdale, area around the Springdale Country Club: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31

Van Asche, area around Johnson: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31

Osburn, Highway 265 near Northwest Technical Institute: 8 p.m. Friday, April 1

South Springdale, the area between Springdale Airport and west to Turner Street: 8 p.m. Friday, April 1

SAFETY:

DOWNED POWER LINES: Never touch a downed utility wire, no matter how harmless it looks. It can be difficult to distinguish between a power line and a cable or telephone line.

PORTABLE GENERATORS: If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators “backfeed” electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator.

OUTAGE INFORMATION:

SWEPCO Mobile App – Report outages, check outage status, and more. Download from the App Store or Google Play.

SWEPCO Alerts – Get an email or text message with the latest info for your home or business. See SWEPCO.com/Alerts.

SWEPCO.com – Outage map, report outages, safety information.

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