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Entergy Arkansas officials blame extreme cold for statewide power outages

Jan 3, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Crews in Arkansas are working to restore electricity to areas that have lost power during this week's cold snap.

Entergy Arkansas says about 1,100 homes and businesses were without power Wednesday morning. Earlier, electricity was knocked out to about 500 customers in downtown Little Rock after a piece of equipment malfunctioned in a substation, but Entergy says that power was restored at about 3 a.m.

Another outage knocked out electricity to about 600 customers in west Little Rock.

Entergy says that temperatures under 25 degrees cause high demand for electricity and that the extra stress on the system can cause isolated overloads of the utility's power-distribution system.