Storms down trees, knock out power in Arkansas

Caroline Beck
April 28, 2017

Some of the afternoon/evening storms have the potential to be strong to severe.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible heading into Friday, becoming more scattered Saturday and Sunday as a moist airmass moves in.

A severe thunderstorm watch issued earlier for part of the state has expired, and most of the storms were under severe limits as of 6 they tracked eastward. Friday morning a layer of warm air loft may be present and should keep thunderstorm activity either away from most of our area.

The National Weather Service predicts possibilities of hail, wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and a risk of tornadoes.

To decide if the storms qualify as severe, storm spotters and sheriff's offices will be watching for hail the size of a quarter and reporting any damage to the Little Rock office, Clarke said.

Two storm systems in the forecast one early Thursday the other on Sunday
Two storm systems in the forecast one early Thursday the other on Sunday

Meanwhile on Saturday afternoon, the storm surge will shift towards the areas of Arkansas, Northern Louisiana and Mississippi. Expect highs in the mid-80s with a partly cloudy sky.

Main Threats: Damaging Winds, Heavy rain and some flooding possible.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa predicts the severe weather, including wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and large hail, will move into the area starting about 7 p.m. north of the Interstate 44 corridor. He says our severe weather maker is tracking east from the Great Plains. Despite the additional cloud cover, highs will hangout in the lower/middle 70s this afternoon.

Friday night, there is a 70 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m., according to the weather service, with a low of 48.

We'll take a break from the severe weather Thursday and probably Friday. Just reiterating - the farther west you live, the less likely you are to receive meaningful rain.

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