A thunderstorm knocked out electricity across a large swath of West Helena Tuesday afternoon and left trees and debris strewn in several directions.

 

A thunderstorm knocked out electricity across a large swath of West Helena Tuesday afternoon and left trees and debris strewn in several directions.
The outage left the West Helena Municipal Building without power. Temporary four-way stop signs were placed at Midland Heights. The storm reportedly knocked out the signal light at the U.S. Highway 49-Arkansas Highway 1 intersection at Walnut Corner.
Lightning severed a large tree in the front yard of the Elmer and Carolyn Leslie residence on Gladon Street that runs off Airport Road.
Neighbors, Oscar Bradshaw and Michael Tharp, came from their respective homes to gather large limbs that Elmer Leslie cut with a chainsaw. Leslie spent much of his afternoon cutting limbs from the portion of the tree that fell directly onto his pickup truck parked in the driveway.
Carolyn Leslie, who said the couple had lived at the residence for about 30 years, said she felt fortunate at least that the tree did not fall onto the home.
 “There were a few limbs on the roof,” she said.
There was also a report that several trees in Joe Smith’s pecan orchard in Skinner’s Lane were damaged.