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Saturday's severe weather caused outages scattered throughout the county, with the largest concentration in the northern sections, according to Arkansas Entergy Inc.

Only around 140 outages remained in Garland County Sunday morning after more than 2,400 were without power following severe storms on Saturday. By late afternoon, only 23 remained.

Thunderstorms and high winds that moved through the area Saturday afternoon caused numerous scattered power outages, according to Jim Garland, Entergy's regional customer service manager.

By around 6:15 p.m. Saturday, there were just over 2,400 customers without power in Hot Springs and the north Garland County area. By around 6:30 p.m., power had been restored to all but about 690 customers, Garland said.

The largest outages at 6:30 p.m. were along Highway 7 north at West and East Glazypeau Roads. Another large outage was also in the area along Peaceful Valley Road off Fox Pass Cut Off.

By 7:30 a.m. Sunday, only 139 outages were being reported on Entergy's outage website.

"Entergy appreciates our customers' patience and safety during the restoration work," Garland said.

According to preliminary climate data posted Sunday morning on the National Weather Service website, the recording station at Hot Springs Memorial Field recorded a peak wind gust of 47 mph. Wind gusts as high as 46 mph were recorded at the airport recording station from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Hot Springs Police Department made posts on social media to urge motorists to use caution in the area of Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort Saturday morning, prior to the start of Arkansas Derby festivities.

"We have numerous officers out directing traffic and making sure everyone is safe," said one of the posts on Facebook.

"Due to weather conditions, visibility will be limited at times and roadways will be slick and possibly flooded.

"Slow down and please be patient," it said.

Police officers and the Garland County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene of several traffic crashes on Saturday, according to reports.

The county was also under a flash flood watch on Saturday.

Local on 04/15/2019

Print Headline: Saturday's outages concentrated in north part of county, Entergy says

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