Ashley County saw three separate tornadoes over the weekend, according to a report by the National Weather Service in Jackson.
The weather service said ongoing damage surveys in Baxter, Fulton, Ashley, and Chicot counties may find evidence of additional tornadoes, but as of Monday afternoon could only confirm three.
According to a preliminary survey released, the first tornado of the morning was in West Crossett. An EF-1 touched down on Saturday morning at 2:45 a.m. and moved 4.47 miles before stopping around 2:52 a.m.
The report says the storm began west of Ashley 286 and traveled east towards Hancock Road. It crossed Hancock and picked up just before reaching Hamm Lane.
The tornado’s max width was 650 yards and its peak winds were reported at 108 mph.
Just minutes after that storm ended, an EF-1 with peak winds of 105 mph touched down in Milo around 2:54 a.m. and lasted until 3:04 a.m.
That tornado traveled 9.38 miles and was 800 yards wide. It touched down south of Ashley 454 and west of Ashley 181. According to the NWS map, the tornado crossed U.S. 425 just north of Hamburg before it stopped.
The third tornado, also an EF-1, was the longest of the three starting at 2:55 a.m. and lasting until 3:08 a.m.
According to the NWS survey map, the storm touched down west of Gardenia Street and traveled east. The tornado crossed Binn’s Loop and continued to travel east crossing U.S. 425.
The storm travelled between the intersections of Ashley 312 and Ashley 27 and Ashley 27 and Ashley 309 before it ended.
The tornado was 800 yards wide and traveled 10.38 miles with peak winds noted at 100 mph.
On Saturday morning following the storms, Entergy released that they had almost 4,000 customers in Ashley County who did not have power.
By Monday afternoon approximately 3,600 Entergy customers in Ashley County were still without power. Ashley Chicot Electric Cooperative did not have a final count at press time but still had a number of customers without power Monday afternoon as well.
According to Chris Wesson, southeast Arkansas’s Entergy representative, they had identified at least 365 broken poles and 363 spans of wire in the area and were still assessing damages in some locations.
It was estimated that 95 percent of the affected customers would be restored by Monday evening, with the hardest-hit areas extending into Tuesday.
Wesson said Monday that approximately 1,115 restoration workers, scouts and vegetation personnel were working to restore power including an additional 250 linemen travelling to Arkansas to assist with the restoration.
On Sunday crews were working to repair damaged areas in North Crossett.
On Monday Wesson said that a safe work plan was under way to restore power to multiple substations in the Ashley County service territory as a result of downed transmission structures and he expected most customers in the Hamburg area to be restored by 8 p.m. Monday.
Wesson said he anticipated that customers in the Hamburg area with the heaviest damage should be restored no later than noon Tuesday, but added that areas along the Hwy 165 corridor from Montrose to Parkdale could be without power until Friday as a result of extensive damage to transmission lines serving the area.