Rainfall last night was short-lived but furious in the eastern half of Union County where nearly 700 Strong-Urbana residents were without power and one Huttig woman reported a gust of wind that pealed the roof off her mobile home.
Overall, 2,140 Entergy customers lost electricity after an unexpected thunder and lightening storm cropped up at approximately 6 p.m. By 10 a.m. Tuesday morning power was restored to all but 44.
Voncill Lovett, who lives on Huttig Highway, said a carpenter was inside her house when a strong gust blew the tin roof of her mobile home 10 to 15 feet away.
“I had to see it to believe it,” she said.
The carpenter was uninjured in the incident and the home is not the one she is living in, Lovett said.
Union County Chief Deputy Bill Hickman said the mobile home was under construction at the time and the roof hadn’t been secured properly before the wind came through, disrupting it.
Other damage was limited to downed trees, he added.
More in tomorrow’s News-Times.