Arkansas Weather

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Forecasters say this July will likely go down as one of the coolest in the Arkansas record books. Several rounds of cold fronts have move through the state, leaving the average temperature around 76.4 degrees Fahrenheit through July 30th, placing it tentatively as the second coolest on record.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says residents in three Arkansas counties who were affected by the severe storms and flooding that began in late June can apply for state aid.

Beebe's office announced Tuesday that $300,000 was being released from the Governor's Disaster Fund to provide assistance to storm victims.

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About 15,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity Thursday morning after strong storms hit the state. Entergy Arkansas reports outages statewide with Lonoke County having the highest number, at nearly 3,000 as of 6 a.m. Thursday.

Wednesday's storms brought powerful winds and torrential rains to many areas. Trees and power lines were downed but no injuries have been reported.

At its peak, Entergy had more than 40,000 customers without power.

A band of severe thunderstorms that blew through Arkansas has left more than 39,000 homes and businesses without electricity. There were no reports of injuries due to the Wednesday storms.

Entergy Arkansas Inc. reported that 39,316 customers were without power after a wave of thunderstorms moved through late in the afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several northwest counties, with forecasters saying storms were capable of producing damaging winds up to 60 mph, destructive hail and deadly lightning.

A flash flood watch has been issued in western and central Arkansas as a large storm system heads into the state.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The cold front is predicted to bring storms, and some areas in southern Arkansas could see 2 to 4 inches of rain through Friday.

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.

Much of the damage was sustained by farmers who lost crops during torrential rains on June 29.  Subsequent rainfall has only made the situation worse.

“We’ve got it in to the feds. We’ll just have to wait and see," Beebe told KUAR.  "They have to do assessments and that’s going on as we speak."

Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers affected by flooding.

Tuesday's letter seeks disaster aid for Cross, Lee, Prairie, Woodruff, Independence, Lonoke, St. Francis, Jackson, Monroe and White counties.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has also requested a disaster designation.

The declaration request says Arkansas has suffered damage and losses to crops and pastures from flooding that began June 29.

The rain's not over yet for most of Arkansas.

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.

The weather service says damaging winds are the main threat Monday. Flash flooding is also possible in central and western Arkansas.

Forecasters say more rain is predicted Tuesday, but sunny skies are expected Wednesday. More storms are in the forecast for Friday.

Storms with strong winds and heavy rain moving across Arkansas have downed trees and power lines and caused some damage in central Arkansas.

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.