- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas experienced power outages and damaging winds that knocked down trees as a storm system moved through states in the Mississippi River Valley.

The Storm Prediction Center says eastern Arkansas, northern Louisiana and western Mississippi and Tennessee are most at risk for tornadoes, damaging winds and big hail on Wednesday.

Tornado warnings were posted in western Arkansas as the storm swept through, downing trees and power lines, but there were no reports of a tornado on the ground. Entergy Arkansas says more than 16,000 homes and businesses were without power Wednesday evening.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2q9I4YZ ) reports two people were rescued by Buffalo National River teams in north Arkansas Wednesday. Park spokesman Caven Clark says they apparently were swept away by rapid water when their canoe capsized in Newton County.

Clark says one person was found trapped on an upstream island. It is not immediately where the second person was found.

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