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      Crews working to restore power after storms

      LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - About 15,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity Thursday morning after strong storms hit the state.

      Entergy Arkansas reports outages statewide with Lonoke County having the highest number, at nearly 3,000 as of 6 a.m. Thursday.

      Wednesday's storms brought powerful winds and torrential rains to many areas. Trees and power lines were downed but no injuries have been reported. At its peak, Entergy had more than 40,000 customers without power.

      The National Weather Service says areas in northwest Arkansas saw 1 to 2 inches of rain, with some isolated areas receiving more than 3 inches of rain during the storm.

      In Russellville, 1.8 inches of rain fell in a short period, causing flash flooding. The Little Rock area also reported nearly 1.5 inches of rain over a one-hour period Wednesday.

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