Thousands still without power after Tuesday's storms
(KSLA) - Some ArkLaTex residents are expected to spend at least part of their Fourth of July holiday without electricity.
Severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening downed trees and utility lines throughout the area.
SWEPCO crews are still working to restore power to about remaining 5,000 customers without service after Tuesday's high winds knocked down poles and trees.
Crews worked through the night to restore power to about 1,200 customers across East Texas, Southwest Arkansas and Northwest Louisiana.
Some of the outages in Shreveport started about 3:30 p.m.
As of 11:30 p.m., AEP/SWEPCO crews still were working to restore service to 1,199 customers in Arkansas, 2,312 in Louisiana and 3,773 in Texas.
Among those in Louisiana are 1,299 remaining in Bossier Parish and another 823 in Caddo Parish.
At one point, the utility had 17,000 of its customers without service.
AEP/SWEPCO is estimating that some of its customers should have their service restored by 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Others might have to wait to noon or 2 p.m.
Among areas hit by the storms is the Shady Grove area of Bossier City.
A fallen tree put a hole in one resident's roof.
"Thank the Lord. Thank the Lord. Because if it hadn't been for Him, we wouldn't be here," 74-year-old Mary Graves said.
A tree uprooted in her yard fell on her house in Texarkana, Texas, and pinned her down on the back porch.
She said her granddaughter helped her get out from under the tree.
No one was injured.
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