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SWEPCO crews working to restore power following overnight storms

SWEPCO crews work to restore power in Texarkana on the morning of Sunday, May 22.
SWEPCO crews work to restore power in Texarkana on the morning of Sunday, May 22.(KSLA)
Published: May. 22, 2022 at 9:56 AM CDT

(KSLA) — Throughout the ArkLaTex, thousands of residents awoke to darkness following storms overnight.

SWEPCO crews are working to restore power to affected areas. Hardest hit were Texarkana, Shreveport and Kilgore, according to a news release.

Severe storms with high winds and lightning brought down trees, utility poles and power lines, SWEPCO reports.

Utilities were damaged but there was no fire May 21, 2022, when lightning twice struck Beacon...
Utilities were damaged but there was no fire May 21, 2022, when lightning twice struck Beacon Point, an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Arkansas Boulevard in Texarkana, Ark. The strikes affected eight apartments in two separate buildings. No injuries were reported.(Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)

Authorities say utilities in two separate buildings were damaged when lightning twice struck Beacon Point, an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Arkansas Boulevard in Texarkana, Ark. The strikes affected eight apartments. No injuries were reported.

At the peak, 13,000 customers were without power at 3 a.m. Sunday. As of 9 a.m., about 8,600 still remain without power. That number was down to 2,319 by 4 p.m.

The company expects power to be restored by Sunday night.

ARKANSAS 170

Hempstead 12

Howard 21

Little River fewer than 5

Miller 126

Pike 10

LOUISIANA 963

Bossier 77

Caddo 489

DeSoto 19

Natchitoches 5

Sabine fewer than 5

Vernon 370

TEXAS 1,186

Bowie 178

Camp fewer than 5

Cass 146

Gregg 336

Harrison 11

Marion fewer than 5

Panola 10

Rusk 331

Shelby fewer than 5

Smith 115

Titus 6

Upshur 45

Click here to check the SWEPCO outage map for estimated restoration times

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