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Arkansas dodges a bullet when it comes to power outages

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Arkansas managed to dodge a major bullet on Friday when it comes to power outages related to the state's first taste of winter weather.  At the height of the storm nearly 50,000 electric customers were without power, but those numbers quickly dwindled by Friday's close.

For a time, several hundred people in the Boyle Park neighborhood were without power on Friday. 

"We'll get hypothermia in that house, I promise," said Felicia Carter, commenting about the cold inside her home on Friday.

Bundled up to the nines Carter and her family waited out most of the outage inside their home. 

"Entergy sent us a text saying that it will be 3-4 days before they can actually know that we would get power back on," said Carter.  "But the deal is 90% of these homes within this area are electric."

It ended up being more like 3-4 hours, with power going out at 11:00AM and being restored by 3:00 PM, but Carter mentioned her neighborhood tends to lose power quickly in storms like Friday's and with another round of wintry precipitation she said she isn't chancing it – she's still going to stay with her relatives.

"That grid is going to blow; it's the weakest," said Carter.

But Entergy Arkansas is feeling confident that the worst is over with and now some of the crews they requested to mobilize prepping for more significant outages are being turned around.  The group that's still en route from various states in the region will be making their way to other Entergy properties in harder hit locales like Dallas.

"Our motto at Entergy Arkansas is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best," said Sally Graham, spokesperson for Entergy Arkansas.  "Thankfully the outage numbers have not picked up to the level that we definitely planned and mobilized for."

Entergy will keep several thousand workers mobilized throughout the weekend to deal with possible other outages from Saturday's wave of weather. 

As of 10:00 PM statewide outages for Entergy registered at roughly 6,000 with most in the Russellville area and Mississippi County.  Entergy said most without power will have it restored by Saturday night.

Roughly 15,000 Arkansas Electric Cooperatives customers are also without power with 11,000 of those customers in the Ozark area and the other 4,000 customers in the Mena area.  Officials gave no word on when they expect those customers to have their power back on.