Arkansas Weather

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Thousands of Arkansans were left without power after strong winds and thunderstorms swept through the state.

Entergy Arkansas reported statewide outages Monday morning but the hardest hit areas were in western and central Arkansas.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the state, which is still swollen from a series of May showers. The service says there is a chance of thunderstorms every day this week.

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The seemingly never-ending rainfall and the rising water levels caused by it have gotten the attention of the state Department of Emergency Management.

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  Barge and small boat traffic remains closed on portions of the Arkansas River as authorities wait for water from heavy rainfall earlier this week to recede.

The river flooded onto park land Wednesday morning near Pine Bluff after the water rose over 42 feet. National Weather Service officials estimate more than 9 inches of rain fell in Fort Smith between Friday and Monday, contributing to minor flooding inside the river's levee system.

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The Howard County coroner says it's "a miracle" that a little girl survived a tornado that killed her parents in Nashville.

Rescuers found Melissa and Michael Mooneyhan dead Sunday night under the debris of their trailer home and believe the couple perished while desperately trying to protect their child. The toddler was found between her parents' bodies, awake and teary. She was barely scratched.

The child is about 18 months old. She was taken to the hospital and later released to relatives.

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A storm system spawning multiple tornados hit southwest Arkansas and Texas Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Police say two people have died from storms in southwestern Arkansas.

KSLA-TV reports the Howard County Sheriff's Office has confirmed two people were killed Sunday night in Nashville, which is about 50 miles north of Texarkana. Howard County Sheriff Brian McJunkins says the victims lived in adjoining mobile homes. He says two other people were critically injured.

The TV station says there were reports of tornado sightings in the area Sunday as well as reports of heavy damage to homes and power outages.

Emergency responders are assessing damage in the area.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock says a weak tornado, commonly known as a "water spout" touched down in northwest Arkansas.

Weather service meteorologist Jeff Hood says the tornado briefly touched Bull Shoals Lake in Marion County Tuesday night and did not reach land. He said it will likely be classified an EF0 - the weakest tornado with wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph. There are no reports of damage.

Another round of winter weather is expected this week in central Arkansas. Temperatures in the mid-50s are predicted for Tuesday, but then rain, sleet, and possibly more snow will likely arrive Wednesday night.

Marty Trexler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says significant accumulation is anticipated late Wednesday.

Little Rock Public Works and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department are refocusing their attention from salt trucks to potholes following recent winter weather.

Although a specific weather event doesn’t create an instant pothole, Public Works Operations Coordinator Mark Jacobi said two weeks of snow and ice have contributed to some damage on area roadways.

"We like to try to repair them as fast as we can because what’s really bad is when the water finally soaks through underneath the asphalt and gets into the sub-base material,” Jacobi said.


A winter storm is prompting Gov. Asa Hutchinson to close state offices in the Little Rock area.

A statement from Hutchinson's office said state offices in the central portion of the state were closing at noon for non-essential personnel. Workers outside the Little Rock area were told to check with their supervisors on whether they could leave.

Forecasters issued a winter storm warning for southern and parts of eastern Arkansas and said up to 6 inches of snow could fall.