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Strong winds damage buildings in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Strong winds and heavy rain damaged many downtown Hot Springs buildings on Tuesday, as well as knocked the power out city wide.

Many schools in the Hot Springs district lost power around 11 Tuesday morning. The district was forced to end school early and send kids home.

While city officials assessed local storm damage, their buildings took a hit as well. Strong winds blew out the window of Interim City Manager Bill Burrough's office. The Garland County Title Company even lost a portion of its roof during the storm. The Police Department reported 27 storm-related calls as of 2 p.m., including roads blocked by downed trees and power lines; scattered limbs and other debris in roadways; and numerous power and traffic signal outages.

The Quapaw and Ouachita neighborhoods also saw some storm damage. There were around 30 trees as well as multiple power lines down in the area. Officials spent most of the day removing loose trees from the area. However, many trees that were mangled in powerlines were forced to remain where they were until reinforcements could arrive.

To prevent flooding into local stores and restaurants, the city is offering 200 sand bags. They are located at Hill Wheatley Plaza.

A partial list of affected streets includes Lake Hamilton Drive, Trojan Terrace, Casalinda Circle, Prospect Avenue, Idlewood Street, Hillside Terrace, Quapaw Avenue, Trivista, Trivista Right, Hobson Avenue, Mills Terrace, Pullman Street, Bellaire Loop, Greenwood Avenue, Grand Avenue, and the following intersections: Third/Greenwood, Greenwood/School, Bell/Oakwood, East Grand/Murray, Quapaw/Hawthorne, and East St. Louis/Indiana.