For a flag company in Little Rock that does a significant amount of online business, the impact was a blow to its bottom line.
"Our credit card processor was down for almost 24 hours after the storm. For customers who called in or visited our showroom, we just took their information down on paper and entered it after the system returned. The real impact was on our website. With the credit card system down, no one was able to checkout. To lose a full day of online orders right before the elections was a significant loss for a company like ours," says Kerry McCoy, owner of FlagandBanner.com.
With more than 50 million Americans directly affected by the storm, local companies doing business nationally will feel an impact for weeks to come.
"Whenever there is a storm of this magnitude we really feel it. Looking at our historical numbers, we name our slow periods after hurricanes and major snow storms," says McCoy.
Arkansas Flag and Banner was established in 1975. It's headquarters are in Little Rock and employ 25 people.