LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Electricity has been restored to most homes and businesses that lost power in central Arkansas during this week’s cold snap.

Entergy Arkansas says more than 1,300 homes and businesses were without power Wednesday morning, but nearly all of those had been restored as of Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier, electricity was knocked out to about 500 customers in downtown Little Rock after a piece of equipment malfunctioned in a substation, but Entergy says that power was restored at about 3 a.m.

Another outage knocked out electricity to about 600 customers in west Little Rock.

Entergy says that temperatures under 25 degrees cause high demand for electricity and that the extra stress on the system can cause isolated overloads of the utility’s power-distribution system.

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