Hundreds lose power

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 9:38pm

The chainsaws were buzzing and the heavy machinery was in place soon after rough weather rolled through Baton Rouge Monday afternoon.

"It was very loud," said Pat Raines, who lives in the Kenilworth neighborhood.

Thunderstorms and hail blew through with a moments notice.

"It started hailing," Raines said. "Winds picked up a little bit more."

The storm is blamed for tossing a tree on power lines in Kenilworth, knocking out power to hundreds who live in the area.

Those who live close enough said the snapped tree landing on the power lines caused sparks to fly from the transformer, giving them a mini light show -- and some cause for concern -- during the throws of the storm.

"Transformers were blowing and sparks were flying everywhere," Raines said. "I called 911 and they already gotten calls about it too."

Jim Utz sayid the explosions were so loud that his neighbor -- who is considered nearly deaf -- had no problem hearing the commotion outside.

"She said, 'I'm almost deaf, but the boom was so loud, that I heard it,' so I'm sure everybody i the neighborhood heard if she could hear it," Utz said.

Entergy had power restored to the area by 7 p.m.

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