Two days after a large line of severe thunderstorms with straight-line winds and tornados passed through Arkansas late Sunday evening April 12 causing more than 126,000 customer outages across the state, a Pine Bluff neighborhood waits patiently for power to be restored to their homes.

Two days after a large line of severe thunderstorms with straight-line winds and tornados passed through Arkansas late Sunday evening April 12 causing more than 126,000 customer outages across the state, a Pine Bluff neighborhood waits patiently for power to be restored to their homes.
As of 6:00 p.m. April 13, there were approximately 24,459 customers without power in the Pine Bluff area. While areas on E. Harding Street all the way to S. Olive are thriving with power, a neighborhood that sits between W. 23rd and W. 25th are still feeling the after effects of Sunday’s storm.
“I still don’t have power,” said a homeowner who lives at W. 25th and Oak Street. “All down my street and further down the next is without power too.”
Front doors to homes were open to absorb natural sunlight inside the dark dwellings as others sat outside.
Families could also be seen removing tree limbs and other debris from their yard.
Contractors for Entergy Arkansas have been working around the clock throughout the state to get the state back up and running again.
Linemen were seen working to restore heavily damaged power lines along Olive Street in Pine Bluff on Monday, April 13.
Entergy released a statement on Tuesday that read as of 8:00 a.m. April 14, there were approximately 19,455 customers without power in the Pine Bluff area.
Damage assessment and restoration continued on Tuesday.
Entergy reported 49 broken poles, 90 spans of downed wire, 17 damaged transformers and 50 damaged pieces of equipment on Tuesday morning.
“There are currently 41 distribution substations and 37 transmission lines out of service,” said Entergy in release on Tuesday. “The heaviest area of impact is south of Interstate I-40. Additional resources have been mobilized to assist with the restoration.”
Entergy states restoration may be slower than normal due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and that repairs are underway, even as damage is being assessed.
Estimated restoration times and area-specific details will be communicated when available as damage assessment continues.