Arkansas Weather

Counties in yellow are under "moderate" danger for wildfires as of July 2.
Arkansas Forestry Commission

Rain is in the forecast for much of Arkansas for July 4th, but the potential for wildfires still exists.

Meteorologist Jeff Hood with the National Weather Service said showers should pass through before the evening fireworks shows begin.

"It doesn't look like a rainout, but some parts of the state are going to be dealing with scattered showers and thunderstorms," said Hood. 

Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Crews in central Arkansas rescued 17 students after a school bus drove off the road and got stuck in floodwaters.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says the bus became stuck Wednesday morning in a rural part of North Little Rock. No one was hurt.

Authorities say crews with the county's road and bridge department backed a truck up to the rear of the bus and rescued the students, eight at a time.

Flood warnings are in effect Wednesday across several states, from Texas to Ohio.

Tornado Faulkner County January 22, 2018
KATV-Channel 7

Strong storms that raked Arkansas included a tornado that took the roof off a church in Faulkner County.

The National Weather Service said Monday that a tornado with winds around 100 mph hit east of Springhill, just north of Conway. The Sunday night storm damaged other buildings and knocked down a number of trees and power lines. Forecasters rated the storm as an "EF1" on a six-level scale of tornado damage.

A number of homes and businesses lost power during the storms Sunday evening. Jefferson County had 1,770 outages while Mississippi County had over 1,300.

The Salvation Army located near downtown Little Rock.
Image via Bad City of Little Rock

This week central Arkansas is forecast to experience some cold nights with temperatures dipping below freezing. The National Weather Service says Thursday night will be one the coldest nights so far this season with lows dropping into the mid-20s.

Senior Forecaster John Lewis says the cold air is coming because of a change from a westerly direction to a northern direction.

"The pattern is changing a bit so the flow is coming more out of Canada," Lewis said. "That will drive a front into Arkansas from the north and that's where the cold air will come from."

National Weather Service

As Arkansas prepares for the possibility of heavy rain and high winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey, many farmers are harvesting crops that are most sensitive to storm damage.

According to the National Weather Service, rainfall totals expected in Harvey’s wake could range from two to three inches in Arkansas, though some areas could see higher rainfall totals and there is the chance for flash flooding, especially in the southeastern part of the state. Jarrod Hardke with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says it's a preventative measure.

Members of the Arkansas National Guard preparing to deploy for Texas relief efforts.
Arkansas National Guard

A band of Arkansas National Guardsman is set to arrive in Houston this afternoon to assist in recovery efforts related to Tropical Storm Harvey. 14 guardsmen set out for Texas early Monday morning for about a week-long hazmat stint. Governor Asa Hutchinson deployed the team.

Public Affairs Officer Major William Phillips says the Arkansas contingent is focused on next-stage recovery and not immediate water rescue efforts.

Flooding Black River Pocahontas
KATV, Channel 7 News

New facilities are being opened to provide assistance for people and businesses impacted by the destructive storms that hit parts of Arkansas in the spring. Centers opened last week in Fayetteville, Conway, Pocahontas, and Walnut Ridge to serve people from 16 counties who are eligible for government aid.

Daniel Green with the Federal Emergency Management Agency works with victims of the storms to expedite the process of receiving loans and other government aid.

National Weather Service

Parts of southeast Arkansas can expect to see heavy rainfall as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy move northward through the state. The National Weather Service says that the highest rainfall totals will be seen in the Delta region, from El Dorado to Monticello.

“It looks like, for the most part, the southeast half of the state is going to see the brunt of the rainfall with higher tolls down across the far southeast where we could see anywhere from three to five inches of rain,” said Chuck Rickard, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock.

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Officials say the estimated impact of agricultural flood damage in Arkansas due to recent severe weather is about $175 million.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says the April flooding affected more than 970,000 acres of farmland. University officials say more than 360,000 acres of crops were lost due to floodwater from storms that swept through the state last month. About 50 percent of that crop loss was rice.

A preliminary estimate had put the damage at about $65 million. The updated estimate includes sorghum and wheat crops.

Flooding Lawrence County Farms agriculture
Arkansas Farm Bureau / Twitter

At least 10 percent of Arkansas’ rice crop could be lost as historic floodwaters wash through northeast Arkansas and head south in the coming days. The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture estimates 100,000 rice acres have probably been destroyed or significantly impacted, and that number could rise dramatically by this weekend, U of A rice extension agronomist Dr. Jarrod Hardke told Talk Business & Politics.

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