Power Back On To 2,000 In Blytheville After Monday’s Storm

(Blytheville, AR) After a couple of nights in the dark, all the power is back on to an area hit hard by Monday’s storms.

Close to two thousand people near Blytheville Arkansas had to deal with no power.

Now they’re cleaning up the mess left behind by the storm.

Wednesday in Blytheville, Scott Wathen took advantage of good weather to clear his yard of broken limbs left by the storm.

Wathen was one of two thousand Entergy customers left powerless in Mississippi County alone, “I was at work and my wife called me and said the tree blew down and broke the power lines, pulled the poles down, transformers.”

Red Cross volunteers prepared for the worst by opening a shelter in the Blytheville United Methodist Church.

Only six people needed assistance and the shelter closed Wednesday morning.

But along County Road 214 downed trees, snapped utility poles and broken transformers were evidence of the storm’s high winds.

Heather Criswell was home when the storm hit,  “The winds were pretty bad. I mean you could actually feel the house shaking. There was debris flying everywhere.”

Heather Criswell’s grandfather was in Kennett Missouri when the storm hit.

He came home to a dark trailer and a big mess, “There were trees down everywhere, you know, limbs broke down. A big tree blowed over across the road and broke down the power lines.”

Billy Criswelll got his electricity back late Tuesday night.

So did his neighbor Bradford HIll, “A big tree on the other side of this trailer fell over…”

Hill was home Monday with his mother-in-law and wife when his children thought they saw a twister, “And they ran in the house and let us know that it was a tornado outside. And I came outside but I didn’t see one,  but I seen high winds and stuff.”

Closer to home, Monday’s storm left close to 16 thousand MLGW customers without power.

High winds and hail knocked down several trees here, but no one was hurt.  

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