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Storm damage spotty


The storm that hit the White Hall area Thursday morning caused scattered damages and numerous power outages.

A National Weather Service survey team said straight line winds of between 75 and 85 mph triggered by the storm front caused the bulk of the damages.

More than 300 Arkansas Entergy customers on one White Hall circuit lost power when a falling tree caused a utility pole to snap on Monk Road, said Diane Tatum, an Entergy representative.

Tatum said the first report of the outage was logged at 1:49 a.m. and the power was restored to most customers in less than five hours. Overall, 10,000 Entergy customers lost power in Jefferson County Thursday and 42,000 statewide sustained some interruptions, she added.

She said one customer was still without power in the Monk Road area Friday afternoon, but was expected to see service restored later in the day.

The weather service team surveyed an area north of White Hall Friday and was able to identify a 3.3 mile long and 880 yard wide damage path that began just southwest of the Samples community at 1:46 a.m. and ended 2.7 miles north of the Dexter Gate of the Pine Bluff Arsenal at 1:49 a.m.

The team said the worst damage north of White Hall was in the 13700 block of Dollarway Road, with a carport blown off of a house; another house with a small porch torn off its front and damage to its roof; several other homes with shingle damage; one car destroyed and two others damaged by falling trees.