Arkansas Weather en Outages Persist But Down Significantly from Wednesday <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 15,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity Thursday morning after strong storms hit the state. </span>Entergy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arkansas reports outages statewide with </span>Lonoke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County having the highest number, at nearly 3,000 as of 6 a.m. Thursday. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday's storms brought powerful winds and torrential rains to many areas. Trees and power lines were downed but no injuries have been reported. </span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:13:22 +0000 Associated Press 27056 at Outages Persist But Down Significantly from Wednesday Severe Thunderstorms Cause Widespread Outages In Arkansas <p>A band of severe thunderstorms that blew through Arkansas has left more than 39,000 homes and businesses without electricity.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">There were no reports of injuries due to the Wednesday storms. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Entergy Arkansas Inc. reported that 39,316 customers were without power after a wave of thunderstorms moved through late in the afternoon. </span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:43:57 +0000 Associated Press 27037 at Flash Flood Watch For Western And Central Arkansas <p>A flash flood watch has been issued in western and central Arkansas as a large storm system heads into the state.</p><p>The watch is in effect in western Arkansas Thursday morning and will go into effect in central Arkansas, including the Little Rock area, on Thursday evening.</p><p>The National Weather Service says widespread heavy rains are expected to affect the state from Thursday through Friday night. Forecasters say some areas in central Arkansas could see 3 to 5 inches of rain from Thursday night until Friday night.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:40:29 +0000 Associated Press 26655 at Cooler Temperatures, Stormy Weather Headed To Arkansas <p>The National Weather Service says a strong cold front will bring unseasonably cool temperatures to Arkansas along with the chance for flooding in the southern part of the state.</p><p>Monday is predicted to be another hot day, but temperatures are expected to drop drastically as the front moves in. Forecasters say that starting Tuesday, high temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s with overnight lows dipping into the 50s in some places.</p><p>The cold front is predicted to bring storms, and some areas in southern Arkansas could see 2 to 4 inches of rain through Friday.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:54:18 +0000 Associated Press 26453 at Those Impacted By Storms Wait For Word On Federal Assistance <p>Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he’s waiting to hear back on his request for federal disaster assistance for areas in east Arkansas impacted by flooding.</p><p>Much of the damage was sustained by farmers who lost crops during torrential rains on June 29.&nbsp; Subsequent rainfall has only made the situation worse.</p><p>“We’ve got it in to the feds. We’ll just have to wait and see," Beebe told KUAR.&nbsp; "They have to do assessments and that’s going on as we speak."</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:31:27 +0000 Michael Hibblen 26198 at Federal Disaster Aid Sought For Arkansas Counties Impacted By Flooding <p>Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers affected by flooding.</p><p>Tuesday's letter seeks disaster aid for Cross, Lee, Prairie, Woodruff, Independence, Lonoke, St. Francis, Jackson, Monroe and White counties.</p><p>Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has also requested a disaster designation.</p><p>The declaration request says Arkansas has suffered damage and losses to crops and pastures from flooding that began June 29.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:30:50 +0000 Associated Press 26103 at Flash Flood Risk Continues In Arkansas <p>The rain's not over yet for most of Arkansas.</p><p>The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will affect most of the state Monday, particularly in the south. Forecasters say the risk of severe weather is low, but some severe thunderstorms could develop in south Arkansas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The weather service says damaging winds are the main threat Monday. Flash flooding is also possible in central and western Arkansas.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:18:18 +0000 Associated Press 24484 at Storms Down Trees, Power Lines In Central Arkansas <p>Storms with strong winds and heavy rain moving across Arkansas have downed trees and power lines and caused some damage in central Arkansas.</p><p>Warning coordination meteorologist John Robinson with the National Weather Service in Little Rock says winds of 60 miles per hour have been reported with the Friday afternoon storms. He says there are reports of windows blown out of buildings in Sherwood and roof damage to a building in Little Rock.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:18:29 +0000 Associated Press 24394 at Two Dead In Northeast Arkansas As Powerful Storms Move Through <p>Two people were killed by falling trees in northeast Arkansas as a powerful storm system tore through the region and knocked over trees and utility lines.</p><p>Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Brandon Morris said one man died when a tree fell on a van in the Lawrence County town of Black Rock on Thursday. In Jonesboro, Craighead County Coroner Toby Emerson said a man died in his home when a tree fell on the structure. Names of the dead weren't released, pending relatives being notified.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:29:06 +0000 Associated Press 24337 at Filing For Disaster Unemployment Assistance Ending <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The filing period for residents seeking disaster unemployment assistance after April's deadly storms is ending.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Claims by those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began in Faulkner County April 27 must be filed by Monday.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:11:50 +0000 Associated Press 24127 at