LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Entergy Arkansas says it is still assessing damage from the winter storm that knocked out electricity to a peak of nearly 200,000 of its customers.
Entergy said Thursday that power to 60,000 customers had been restored but that more than 135,000 homes and businesses remained in the dark.
The state's largest electric utility says that 4,000 additional workers are coming from several states to assist.
About 75,000 of the outages are in Pulaski County, with 57,000 in Little Rock.
Entergy Arkansas CEO Hugh McDonald says the restoration process will be a lengthy one and that people in the hardest hit areas should expect to be without lights for a week or longer.
The utility says customers in the Conway, Cabot and Jacksonville should have their power back Friday.
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Entergy Power Restoration Timeline
- Thursday Morning: Russellville and Helena
- Thursday PM: Pine Bluff, Stuttgart, Lonoke, Marion, Wynne, Morrilton, and Forrest City
- Friday: Conway, Cabot, and Jacksonville
- Saturday: Byltheville, Searcy, and Augusta/McCrory
- Sunday: Benton, Bryant, Carthage, Mt. Ida, Dallas County, Glenwood, Montgomery County, and Pike County
For customers in Little Rock, Western Grant County, Hot Springs, Malvern, Clark County, and Garland County, restoration is expected to take longer than 7 days.