Arkansas Weather

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Authorities in western Arkansas say an 18-year-old woman was killed and a 1-year-old child was injured when powerful winds uprooted a tree and knocked it onto a house.

The Pope County Sheriff's Office says five people were in the home near Atkins when the tree fell shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday. Three people escaped unharmed but the woman and the toddler were trapped inside the home about 65 miles northwest of Little Rock.

   

Entergy Arkansas says about 2,600 homes and businesses are without electricity because of severe storms crossing the state.

The utility says nearly half of those outages are in Pope County, while Yell County has an additional 770 outages. The storms were just approaching the Little Rock metropolitan area at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Entergy says power may not be restored to some affected areas until midnight. Forecasters say parts of eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee are at a moderate risk for severe weather.

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Flood warnings remain in effect throughout parts of Arkansas after heavy rainfall caused some river flooding.

The National Weather Service says several rivers and streams in the lower Arkansas, Buffalo, Black, Spring and White river systems are flooded after the weekend's heavy rainfall.

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A storm system moving through Arkansas Tuesday caused scattered damage throughout the state and cut electricity to many homes and businesses.

A flash flood watch is in place for nearly all of Arkansas as a storm system is poised to dump heavy rain throughout the state.

The National Weather Service says the watch is in place from Monday night through late Tuesday. Some areas could see up to 5 inches of rain during that time frame, which could cause significant flash flooding.

A storm system moving out of the Rockies could bring heavy rain and possibly tornadoes to parts of Oklahoma and across Arkansas, and snow is possible in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

The National Weather Service says rains Sunday and night into Monday could cause flooding and possibly isolated tornadoes in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. The storm is expected to continue moving eastward across Arkansas, dropping 3 to 5 inches of rain from central Arkansas northeastward, and more than 5 inches in parts of far northeastern Arkansas, while causing flash flooding in the region.

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 After several days of rain in Arkansas, all county-wide burn bans have been lifted. Little River County, in the southwest corner of the state, and Crittenden County in the northeast were the last of Arkansas's counties to lift their burn bans, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission's social media posts.

 

Rainfall over the weekend and on Monday has proven to be very beneficial in alleviating drought conditions in Arkansas, but officials say more is needed to completely remedy the situation.

"This rainfall will help ease the dry conditions across the state," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Goudsward. "We won't know the extent to which until about Wednesday when the new drought monitor is issued, but of course any precipitation will be beneficial and it looks like the south will see the best impacts of this rain."

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Among those wishing for rainfall, well, get ready. AccuWeather is reporting that Arkansas and several other south central U.S. states could see “catastrophic flooding” beginning as early as Friday and continuing into early next week. The rainy weather prediction has an Arkansas River operator securing barges.

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Fire crews are working from the land and air to suppress a wildfire that started near a tire dump fire south of Little Rock.

The Arkansas Forestry Commission said Monday that two bulldozers and two air tankers are helping fight the fire. Smoke could be seen through parts of Little Rock.

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