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(KFSM-TV) – Severe Storms caused damage and power outages in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley Wednesday (7/23) afternoon .

In Northwest Arkansas, XNA Airport recorded wind gusts up to 59 mph, while Drake Field recorded a 60 mph wind gust.  A 65 mph wind gust was recorded at the Fort Smith airport.

Here are live updates and damage reports:

 

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664 Ozarks Electric Cooperative customers are without power. 

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SWEPCO has reported 6,509 Washington County households are without power, while 1,840 Benton County households have no electricity. 

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A total of 2,500 Carroll Electric customers are without power. 

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Downtown Fayetteville limbs down. 

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More than 11,000 households are without power in Northwest Arkansas due to weather.

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The Cavender’s Store sign has blown down at I-49 in Springdale.

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The Rogers Fire Department has reported the city has experienced some damage to utility lines. 

Crews are on scene at numerous calls. 

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Trees are either blocking or partially blocking the road at 1st and Pinion, Lake Atalanta, the 1200 block of S. 4 St., the 800 block of S. B St., and 8th and Cypress, according to Rogers police.

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Tree down at Pinnacle Hills.

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Photo submitted by viewer Patricia Crumley of a tree down in her yard in Springdale.

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Power lines down at Low Water Bridge in Little Flock by Dixieland Road, according to Little Flock police

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Rogers Fire Dept reports power line down near Elm Street and Third Street

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Image submitted by viewer David Bernstein of rain and wind in Bentonville.

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Tree down in Bentonville. Image submitted by viewer Shaun Forrester.

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Wind damage in East Springdale. Photo submitted by viewer Regina Hurst.

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Jessica Wyatt in Rogers. 

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Jessica Wyatt in Rogers.

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Traffic stopped at I-540 north at Grand Ave. in Fort Smith

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SWEPCO is now reporting 8,444 Washington County households without power. A total of 1,309 homes are without electricity in Benton County. 

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Car crushed under a tree in Johnson. 

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Firefighters battling a fire near the 5NEWS studios in north Fort Smith.

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Tree limb fell on a truck in Rogers. 

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Heavy rain coming down in south Fort Smith near Fianna Hills. Photo courtesy of Meredith Baldwin. 

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Traffic is at a standstill on I-540 by Grand Avenue near Fort Smith.

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65 mph wind gust reported at the Fort Smith Airport. 

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400+ OG&E customers without power in Winslow. 

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Swing set tossed around by storm, was previously bolted to ground in Rudy. 

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Rogers playground damaged. Photo courtesy of Dillon Thomas. 

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More than 20,000 households without power in Northwest Arkansas, according to the power companies

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Viewer Don Mullens submitted this image of a tree down in the area.

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Storms rolling through Fort Chaffee. Image submitted by viewer Chuck Nelson.

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Shingles blown around at Briarwood Apartments in Fort Smith. 

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Damage in Stilwell, Okla from 5NEWS Viewer Charity Curtis. 

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Sign down at Stella’s Nails on Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith. 

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Authorities at Fort Chaffee say multiple buildings are demolished, and live lines are on the ground now, 5NEWS’ Meredith Baldwin reports.

Authorities are contacting the National Weather Service and believe a tornado may have touched down at the location.

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Storm damage on Victoria Street in Fort Smith.

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Fort Chaffee damage from Meredith Baldwin.

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Fort Chaffee damage from Meredith Baldwin

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Photo of storm damage submitted by viewer Vincent Spring.

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Authorities are asking that people stay away from Fort Chaffee due to all of the current safety hazards.

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Storms roll through Johnson County. Image submitted by viewer Jamie Taylor.

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More Fort Chaffee damage. 

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Tree uprooted at Massard Road and Phoenix Avenue in Fort Smith. 

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Scott County until 4:45 p.m.

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Trees and power lines down in Fort Smith.

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Storm damage at Fianna Hills in Fort Smith. Image submitted by viewer Nick Glidewell.

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More Fort Chaffee damage. 

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More Fort Chaffee damage. 

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More Fort Chaffee damage from Aubry Killion. 

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Sign snapped off its post in Rogers. 

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Tree down in Bella Vista. 

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Tree down in Bentonville. 

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Storage shed blew away in Crawford County. 

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More Fort Chaffee damage from Aubry Killion. 

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Tree snapped in Charleston. 

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Storm damage downtown Fort Smith. 

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More storm damage from downtown Fort Smith.

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Flash flood warning issued in Scott County until 5:30 p.m.

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Storm damage in Muldrow, Okla. 

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Fort Smith storm damage. 

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Storm damage Van Buren. 

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Storm damage in Fort Smith. 

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Tree down in front of Alma High School. 

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Storm damage in Poteau. 

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Storm damage in Rogers. 

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Barn south of Altus after the storm. 

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Arkansas National Guard reports Fort Chaffee had 20 buildings that sustained damage. 

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Van Buren storm damage. 

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Storm damage in Rogers. 

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More Fort Chaffee storm damage. 

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About 9,000 households still without power in Northwest Arkansas, according to local electric companies.

18 comments

  • Charlie

    i live in elkins and and we’ve got basket ball hoops down it sounds like a roaring if i go on my back porch

  • Charlie

    currently switching between outside and the tv with 5 news on lights flickering nothing really major according to the news other places have it worse

  • Charlie

    when i first stepped out we had twigs and leaves flying around in a funnel like motion and other twigs and leaves flying threw the air

  • Charlie

    POWER PROLEMS HERE MY TV IS ACTING SPOTTY SO YES
    IM HAVING A SIGNAL PROBLEM PICTURE SHAKING DOUBLE VIEW GRITTY

  • Charlie

    OK OK THE SCREEN DID GO BLACK YES IVE HAD NO POWER OUTAGES JUST FLICKERING LIGHTS AND NOW REALLY NO BIG STORM HERE IN ELKINS ANY MORE

  • Charlie

    OH CRUD FIRE IN FORT SMITH THEY THINK POOR FAMILY WELL HERE IN ELKINS RAIN HAS COME TO A HALT AND THE SUN IS OUT BUT A GRAY aurora is being given off probably due to clouds

  • Charlie

    i kinda wish the storm did not stop because i think its really cool to watch a storm brewing and happening i wish i was in fort smith

  • joesumone

    Oh my gosh…I got multiple leaves down in my backyard, my air conditioner stopped working, and my house is on fire. Oh wait a minute, my house in GTA V Online is on fire and my A/C stopped working because its set for 68. Sorry for the distress.

  • Randall

    I witnessed the storm as it came through Fort Chaffee, I can say that it was a tornado for the fact at I saw it within 100 yards. I appeared to be at least an F1. It was wrapped in debris, as it passed through. It may be reported later as straight line winds, but I know what I seen was a small tornado.

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