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By: 4 August 2011 No Comment

It’s hot in Saline County.

How hot? So hot that an Entergy power substation in Benton caught fire yesterday (Wednesday) around 4 p.m., leaving 10,000 residents on the south side of town without power. According to Entergy officials, record high temperatures put a drain on the system, evidently causing a failure and a fire. Power may not be restored until midnight tonight (Thursday) and that is thanks to a temporary, mobile substation.

How hot did it get in the area yesterday? That “111 degree” temperature shown in the photo was recorded around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday and the National Weather Service reported a record high of 114 degrees was set in the Little Rock metro area was set that day. Meanwhile, the Weather Service’s Little Rock Office maintained its excessive heat warning for all of Arkansas on Thursday.

For more information about the Saline County power outages, have a look at this story from KTHV. Also, you can check on Entergy power outage updates here.


About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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