Tropical Depression Gustav has stalled out over Arkansas...we have had continuous rain and sustained high winds since early yesterday morning. Over 100,000 customers are without power in the state. We lost power at our house for about 6 hours yesterday and now we are in a little pocket that has power. There is no power in the neighborhoods to the east and west of us. We have lost our phone service--just got our DSL back a short time ago but still do not have our voice service.
According to the news, Entergy has called back the lineman crews that were sent to Louisiana and crews passing through Arkansas on their way to Louisiana have been recruited to help restore power. But they are not able to do any work on power lines yet because of the high winds. With sustained winds of 20-25+ mph and gusts up to 40 mph, it is too dangerous for them to go up in the buckets to work on power lines and transformers.
Here in Little Rock, our two day rainfall total is about 5 inches. But there are some parts of the state that have received up to 9 inches. And it is still raining! As you can imagine, there is flooding especially in low lying areas.
There is good news, though. We are supposed to start having some clearing tomorrow afternoon and sunshine on Friday. Yipee!!!!