A thunderstorm that blew through Sunday morning caused damage in the area.
Jeff Turner, assistant Sebastian County administrator for public safety, said he began receiving calls at about 2:30 a.m. concerning the storm. The most damage Sebastian County Emergency Management has heard about so far has been in the north side of the county in the Lavaca area.
"Just outside of Lavaca, we've had some power lines down and some trees down across the roads, and then some damage to some houses, you know, shingles, and some barns, and some things like that," Turner said.
Turner said the power outages that were reported in the Lavaca area were mostly due to wind.
"The wind evidently got real high," Turner said. "We haven't really had any determination from the National Weather Service as to what it was for sure, but I'm sure they'll be out doing their studies, too, to find out exactly what the wind rate was and that sort of thing."
Sebastian County Emergency Management has not heard anything in particular about any kind of flooding in the county from Sunday's storm, Turner said.
Lavaca Chief of Police Phillip Beshoner said the city had a significant amount of timber on the ground. Some residences also sustained roof damage. Beshoner reported trees fell on two different houses in the city. Some storage buildings got blown over in Lavaca and three power poles were also blown down, he said.
Beshoner said significantly more damage took place outside Lavaca. Big Creek Fire Department Chief Tommy Noel confirmed the damage outside of town.
"We have a lot of downed trees, broken trees, twisted trees," Noel said. "We have a lot of damaged buildings, such as roof damage on houses, got some houses in that the roof was taken off, some houses that were imploded, and we have barns, complete, big barns, that were just disintegrated."
Noel said the rural area in which the damage occurred is mainly from Central City, which had some damage, through Lavaca and to the Franklin county line.
"... We had about 10 major thoroughfares that were blocked," Noel said. "When we got paged out this morning, we had to cut trees out of roads, and we had telephone poles down, phone lines, power lines, transformers on poles laying in the middle of the road, and we had to clear all them up so people could get through."
All the roadways are open now, Noel said.
Franklin County also sustained damage. Fred Mullen, Franklin County emergency management coordinator, said when the storm was coming through Charleston, his deputy coordinator for severe weather told him they had a 72 mph radar-indicated wind gust come through at about that time. He also received a report of quarter-sized hail in Charleston when the big gust went through.
Mullen spoke with Charleston Mayor Sherman Hiatt both during and after the storm. There were trees and tree limbs down in Charleston, blocking streets. Power outages were also reported, although no injuries. Power lines and poles were also reported down in Branch.
Charleston also sustained building damage, Mullen said. The roof of Del Sol Mexican Restaurant was damaged, and some hay barns and chicken houses in the Charleston area also received significant damage.
There was a significant amount of tree damage in Charleston as well, Hiatt said. One tree blew across Arkansas 22, and a car struck it in the middle of the storm, which caused damage to the car, but no personal injuries. Hiatt said it took about 3½ hours to clean the city streets of large trees and limbs. Cleanup was completed around 5 a.m.
In terms of power outages, Hiatt said the whole city was out originally as a result of the storm. However, by 5:30 a.m., a large portion of the power was restored. Hiatt said as of 6:45 p.m. Sunday, 95 to 98 percent of Charleston's power had been restored.