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June 12, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact:
James Thompson
Entergy
JTHOMP5@entergy.com
Heavy Thunderstorms Cause Outages Across State

Little Rock, Ark. – Heavy thunderstorms spawning high winds and lightning moved across Arkansas Friday afternoon knocking out power to 42,000 Entergy Arkansas, Inc. customers from Harrison to Pine Bluff.

The hardest hit areas are Russellville, Dardanelle and Danville where some 14,000 customers are without electric service this afternoon. The Conway network experienced 13,000 outages. Trees and debris being blown onto power lines, in addition to some lightning strikes, caused most outages.

Entergy Arkansas crews have restored power to more than 6,000 customers this afternoon and will continue restoring power throughout the evening.

At 5 p.m. today, Entergy Arkansas reports the following breakdown of outages.

CONWAY     13,000
RUSSELLVILLE     10,400
MORRILTON     3,990
LITTLE ROCK     3,970
DARDANELLE     2,500
DANVILLE     1,550
HOT SPRINGS     950
BEEBE     675
MARSHALL     475

Entergy Arkansas customers can log on to our View Outages Web site to show street-by-street where power is on or off. View Outages can be found at www.entergy.com. Customers then can click on “Arkansas” and are taken to a map showing the power status for the area (click on county where you live). Green lines show power is on at the street; red lines show power is off at the street. Customers may zoom in to a street level view to see the power status where they live or work.

Customers can also call 1-800-9OUTAGE to report an outage.

Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to 684,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 14,500 employees.

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More information is available at www.entergy-arkansas.com.