Arkansas Weather

No injuries or deaths have been reported after more than a half-foot of rain inundated western Arkansas in a 24-hour period.

The National Weather Service says Mena received 5.68 inches of rain in a four-hour period Thursday with a daily total of more than 7 inches. The weather service says the relentless downpour caused creeks and streams to overflow and flooding over roads.

Several people had to be rescued from the high waters, and flash flood emergencies were issued until the rainfall ended Thursday night.

Leaders in Faulkner County say a preliminary assessment shows that 328 homes were destroyed in Sunday's tornado.

Faulkner County Attorney David Hogue says 710 homes have been assessed so far after the EF4 tornado hit the county. Along with the destroyed homes, the assessment also found 111 homes with major damage, 231 homes with minor damage and 40 homes otherwise affected.

Those numbers are preliminary as assessments continue in the county.

Residents of central Arkansas who lost power during a tornado are being offered a chance to charge their electronic devices at mobile generators deployed near heavily damaged areas.

AT&T says it has set up a temporary cell tower near Mayflower and now has six sites set up as charging stations. The company reminds people that text messages go through quicker than phone calls when the call volume is heavy.

In Mayflower, the charging stations are at the high school and middle school.

In Vilonia, the stations are at City Hall and the Beryl Baptist Church.

The National Weather Service is continuing its survey of the deadly tornado that struck Arkansas on Sunday.

Warning coordination meteorologist John Robinson says surveys of the storm track will continue Tuesday and Wednesday. Two forecasters also plan to fly the track with the Civil Air Patrol on Wednesday.

Robinson says the tornado is now considered at least an EF3 but a final rating isn't expected until late Wednesday.

People walk between destroyed houses in Mayflower, Ark.
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The closest hospital to the deadly tornado that struck central Arkansas says it's treated about 100 patients for storm-related injuries.

Conway Regional Medical Center said Monday morning that nine of those patients were admitted to the hospital and another 10 people were transferred to hospitals in Little Rock.

Conway is in between the cities of Mayflower and Vilonia, where a massive tornado caused widespread damage Sunday night.

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A state agency has raised the death toll from a huge tornado that cut a sporadic 80-mile path through central Arkansas to 16.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management reported on its website early Monday that there are now 10 confirmed deaths from Sunday's tornado in Faulkner County. There are still five confirmed deaths in Pulaski County and one in White County.

The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the risk of severe weather expected in Arkansas on Sunday.

The center says a section of southwest Arkansas stretching into central Arkansas is now at a moderate risk of severe weather. Little Rock is on the northeast edge of the area most of risk, with forecasters predicting the worst weather in southwest Arkansas, northeast Texas and northwest Louisiana.

The National Weather Service has confirmed Arkansas' first tornado of 2014.

Forecasters in Tulsa, Okla., say an EF1 tornado hit Sunday evening in a rural area of Franklin County in western Arkansas. The weather service says the twister touched down at 8:45 p.m. about 1 mile south-southeast of the community of Vesta before lifting and touching down again in the Peter Pender area.

The weather service says the tornado's path was 5.4 miles long with a maximum width of 450 yards.

After enduring a battering of torrential rains over the weekend, Arkansans may now have to bundle up as a cold front moves through the state bringing the likelihood of freezing weather Monday night. The state rarely feels temperatures drop below freezing in mid-April, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Tabitha Clark, who says a cold front moving in from Canada is causing the mercury in the thermometer to drop.

Cleanup continues after a powerful storm system moved through Arkansas overnight. The hardest hit areas were in south Arkansas.

At Camden Fairview High School, part of the roof was ripped off. Classes were cancelled and school officials have been working to assess damage and determine the quickest ways to make repairs.

Power crews have also been busy. At its peak, Entergy Arkansas spokeswoman Sally Graham says more than 51,000 of its customers were without power.  By mid-afternoon Friday, that was down to about 17,000.

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