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Storms down trees, power lines in SWAR, NETX

Several trees came down on homes and vehicles in the Shady Acres Mobile Home Park in Texarkana, AR. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12) Several trees came down on homes and vehicles in the Shady Acres Mobile Home Park in Texarkana, AR. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
No one was hurt when this tree came crashing through a Texarkana, AR home (Source: Nicolette Schleisman/KSLA News 12) No one was hurt when this tree came crashing through a Texarkana, AR home (Source: Nicolette Schleisman/KSLA News 12)
Tree takes down power lines on SAU's campus (Source: Aaron Street, Southern Arkansas University)_ Tree takes down power lines on SAU's campus (Source: Aaron Street, Southern Arkansas University)_
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ARKLATEX (KSLA) -

Storms brought damaging winds to Southwest Arkansas around midday Monday. 

In Magnolia, AR, a large tree fell across E. Lane Dr. which runs through the Southern Arkansas University Campus around 1:00 p.m. The tree brought down power lines, knocking out power to the campus and causing officials to cancel classes for the rest of the day. 

Aaron Street with SAU's media relations told KSLA News 12 that Entergy crews are on the scene, working to restore power to the campus. But so far, there's no estimated time on when that will be. 

According to Entergy's website, more than 500 customers in the Magnolia area are without power. 

Several trees came down on homes and vehicles in the Shady Acres Mobile Home Park in Texarkana, AR.

According to the Miller County Sheriff's Office, county roads 217, 216 and 43 are all blocked with with downed trees and power lines.  

The Miller County Office of Emergency Management is on the scene at Union Rd. and CR 237 near the Cornerstone Baptist Church, where cleanup is under way after the storms came through. 

At least one caller reported seeing rotation, and trees were reportedly left flat in a swirling formation. However, the National Weather Service surveyed damage in the Texarkana area Monday afternoon and attributed all damage to straight line winds, which they estimated to have reached 8 5 to 95 mph. They say large tree limbs greater than 2 inches were snapped, nickel-sized hail and some minor street flooding with over an inch of rain in less than 45 minutes.

The NWS is still surveying damage in Southwest Arkansas. 

In Texarkana, Arkansas, fire and rescue crews were quick to answer calls Monday afternoon in the southern part of the city when storms toppled several trees, many of them onto homes. 

One area hit pretty hard was Shady Acres Mobile Home Park where 8-10 houses were damaged, including the home of Tyler and Michelle Hensley.

"When I heard the boom, I ducked and when I looked up there was a tree in my house," recalled Michelle Hensley.

Thankfully, Michelle Hensley wasn't injured, but it's been a tough start for the young couple who have only been married for two weeks. Now, instead of starting their new life in their home, they're left trying to salvage what they can.

For miles down Union and Blackman Ferry roads, trees and power lines are down and it took workers hours to get many of the roads passable.

"We went to run and take shelter and as we come into the living room, a tree fell right through," said another storm victim, Blake Howard. "There was just gas pouring into the home after it hit. So that was the reason we had to run into the storm, was to escape the gas."

The owners had just moved back in a week ago, after a flood forced them from their home for 6 months. Now, they're having to rebuild.

Texarkana, Texas police reported lights out at several intersections and power lines down across roadways.

Lots of trees and power lines are reportedly down in Liberty-Eylau, as well. 

At last check, just under 500 SWEPCO customers were without power in Bowie Co. TX. Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative is also reporting several hundred  customers without power. 

Trees and power lines were also downed in Lafayette County, including on a house off of CR 18 south of Lewisville. No injuries have been reported.

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