Storm Damage Reported In At Least 10 Arkansas Counties After Severe Weather

A tornado watch is in effect for most of Arkansas as a line of severe weather approaches from the west.

Update: 1530 GMT

Storm damage is reported in at least 10 Arkansas counties after a round of spring-like severe weather batters the state.

Tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings popped up between 3:30 this afternoon and 7:30 tonight.

Dramatic photo shows storm cloud moving ominously over Memphis


Storm damage reports were quick to come, first from Garland County.

Trees and power lines were reported down along Timberlake Road, Stanage Road and Elmwood Drive in the Hot Springs area.

Trees and power lines were also downed near the Saline County line around Lonsdale.

In Pulaski County, the Sheriff's Office reported power lines and trees down on:

  • Higginbotham Road (western Pulaski County near Perry County line)(runs off Hwy 10)
  • Crystal Valley Road between Col. Miller and Raines Roads
  • Craig Road near Willow Beach

A tornado watch is in effect for most of Arkansas as a line of severe weather approaches from the west.

The National Weather Service says the entire state is at risk of seeing at least a severe thunderstorm. The area most at risk is south and east of a line from Mena to Hot Springs to Searcy.

The tornado watch has been pulled for all of our counties except Le Flore, and Le Flore will likely be pulled out within the next hour. We still have a few showers and thunderstorms around, but the heaviest storms are in Arkansas and are pushing east. Expect colder temperatures tonight, and a sunny but cool day Friday.

The Tornado Watch is being chipped away at. Adair county just got dropped, and we expect more cancellations as we go through the afternoon. The heaviest storms in Oklahoma are southeast of a line from Sallisaw to McAlester and are pushing east-northeast. None of these storms are severe.

Tornado watch continues for far eastern/southeastern Oklahoma. The heaviest storms are from Stillwell to Sallisaw to north of Poteau and are moving east-northeast. The threat for severe weather will push east into Arkansas over the next couple of hours. For the metro, we will see passing showers and falling temperatures this afternoon.

0.83" of rain has fallen so far in Tulsa. 1-2" have rain has fallen north of Tulsa toward Bartlesville. Quarter-size hail was reported near McAlester in the Porum area.

As of Noon, the heaviest rain has pushed well east of Tulsa-- we're done. Rain will gradually end by early afternoon-- the severe threat is moving away from our local area.

Temperatures will remain steady, then gradually falling from the 50s to 40s by later afternoon.

The rain and storms are moving slowly eastward near 30mph. Up to 1" hail possible in the stronger storms, but most storms won't be severe as only small hail will be more common. We've had several reports of pea to dime-size hail-- nothing big. Beneficial rain totals of 1-2" will be common in Green Country. The highest severe chances will remain south and east of Tulsa in the warmer air toward southern OK, North TX and AR where a Tornado Watch has been issued until 6pm. Enjoy the rain!

KJRH