Wind Wreaks Havoc On NWA Power Lines

Rogers -- Strong winds whipped through Rogers Tuesday afternoon, downing trees and power lines and blowing debris through the streets.

Traffic signals along 8th street went out, and drivers were having difficulty getting through intersections. Emergency vehicles scrambled across the city, responding to downed power lines.

16-year-old Colton Gonzalez says tents from his family's yard sale started blowing around, nearly hitting passing cars. Gonzalez says he grabbed one tent, and it lifted him into the air. He says the storm came suddenly, and out of nowhere.

"One second it wasn't there and then it just boom hit,” he says. “I didn't know what to do. The neighbors helped us. That's all I'm thankful for, the neighbors actually."
The wind also pushed his air conditioner out of the window, and Gonzalez isn't looking forward to the cleanup.

SWEPCO crews also jumped to action, working to restore power to more than 11,000 customers across Northwest Arkansas.

Spokesman Peter Main says several main circuits went down, in addition to power lines from Rogers to Greenland.

Ozarks Electric Cooperative spokeswoman Penny Storms says their hardest hit area is near Elkins and Wesley, they say several lines are down and a number of poles snapped, around 4:30 p.m. about 3 thousand customers were without power, and Storms says it will take longer than they would like to restore it.

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