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Crews work to restore power after strong winds

In Hillcrest, seeing Entergy in the neighborhood is a double-edged sword. Neighbors like to see them work, but they can't wait until they leave.

In Hillcrest, seeing Entergy in the neighborhood is a double-edged sword.  Neighbors like to see them work, but they can't wait until they leave.  Their absence will mean the lights are back on.

"Suddenly, everything is turned out and all you hear is the clock ticking," said Len Holton.

Holton heard the power go out, and immediately felt the cold trickle in.  For now, the gas stove is doing more than just cooking, which we don't encourage anyone to copy.

"If we had a family and trying to get kids off to school and scrubbed off it would be a pain," Holton said.

A spokesman for Entergy tells said the wind blew down huge trees -- trees that have been here up to 70 years.  It could be Sunday before crews get the lines back up and the power restored for some Arkansans.

Although dark inside Box Turtle, a boutique in Hillcrest, shoppers thaw just enough to get those last minute Christmas presents.

"We're just keeping on keeping on. It's a little cold, but the energy is high and we're just doing all we can," Phoebe Ferguson, a store clerk, said.

Clerks are working retro-style, using calculators instead of cash registers to serve their customers.

Many of the employees are in the dark, too.

"It's a great way to take a break. I know I don't have power in Hillcrest honestly so I'd rather be here than home," Ferguson said.

Entergy customers can view outages and the expected restoration times by clicking here.

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