Arkansas Weather

Local & Regional News
2:38 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Arkansas Is Drying Out, With Fire Danger Increasing

Weather forecasters say Arkansas is showing signs of a developing drought and the state Forestry Commission is warning of a heightened fire danger.

After ample rainfall in the cooler months, precipitation levels have fallen below normal in recent weeks.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued an advisory that moisture levels in vegetation have dropped to the point that the danger of wildfires is heightened.

The Forestry Commission lists all of the state except northeast Arkansas at a moderate danger of wildfires.

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Local & Regional News
6:10 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Chance Of Severe Storms In Northeast Arkansas

The National Weather Service says there is a slight chance of severe weather ahead in northeast Arkansas.

Forecasters said Tuesday that a weather system northeast of Arkansas could clip the state's northeast on Wednesday, perhaps bringing severe thunderstorms.

The weather service says damaging winds would be the primary concern brought by the storms.

Later in the week, a cool front is expected to move into the state, bringing a greater chance for showers and thunderstorms.

Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Wed June 26, 2013

President Signs Disaster Declaration For Arkansas

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for 11 counties in Arkansas that were hit by tornadoes, severe storms and flooding from May 30 through June 3.

The declaration signed Tuesday orders federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Cleburne, Cross, Independence, Montgomery, Poinsett, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren, and Woodruff counties.

Local & Regional News
5:54 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Arkansas Governor Beebe Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration

Gov. Mike Beebe has sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a major disaster declaration for 12 Arkansas counties that were affected by severe storms, tornadoes and floods beginning in late May.

Beebe's office said Tuesday that those 12 counties are Cleburne, Cross, Garland, Independence, Montgomery, Poinsett, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren and Woodruff.

The governor's office says the disaster declaration would make Arkansas eligible to receive federal aid to help the state, cities and counties recover from infrastructure damage.

Local & Regional News
8:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Weather Service Predicts Rainy Week For Arkansas

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The National Weather Service says Arkansas will get a break from the summer heat this week.

Rain and thunderstorms are predicted for most of the state. Forecasters say northwest Arkansas should see rain beginning Monday morning, with the front moving to the central and southern parts of the state Monday afternoon and evening.

Forecasters say some isolated storms could be severe, but a widespread outbreak isn't expected.

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Local & Regional News
7:46 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Entergy Arkansas Sending Crews To Virginia To Restore Power

Crews from Entergy Arkansas are heading to Virginia to help restore electricity knocked out during this week's storms.

Entergy Arkansas is sending 87 employees to Virginia, including 50 linemen. The utility says Dominion Virginia Power requested assistance from Entergy.

At its peak, severe storms with high winds and hail knocked out power to 285,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers.

As of Friday morning, that number had dropped to 95,000 outages, with most in the Richmond and southeastern Virginia regions.

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Local & Regional News
7:42 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Memorial Set For Women Killed In Arkansas Flood

A public memorial service is planned for Friday for two women killed in flash flooding in Scott County last month.

The memorial for 65-year-old Vivian Sue Reimer and 61-year-old Kay Shearn is set for 2 p.m. Friday at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron.

The women died May 31 when flash flooding swept through the Y City area.

Three others died in the flooding, including the county sheriff and an Arkansas Game and Fish wildlife officer.

Severe Weather
6:20 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Arkansas Flags To Fly At Half-Staff For Officer

Gov. Mike Beebe is ordering Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff to honor a wildlife officer who died while attempting a water rescue during flash flooding last week.

Beebe said Thursday that flags will be flown at half-staff on Friday to honor Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer Joel Campora of Waldron.

Campora died with Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter last Friday while trying to save two women from flash floods. Flags flew at half-staff Wednesday to honor Carpenter.

Campora is survived by his wife and two children.

Severe Weather
4:06 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Gov. Beebe: Flags To Fly At Half-Staff For Sheriff

Gov. Mike Beebe is ordering Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff to honor a sheriff who died while attempting a water rescue during flash flooding last week.

Beebe said Tuesday that flags will be flown at half-staff Wednesday to honor Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter of Waldron.

Carpenter died alongside Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Joel Campora on Friday while trying to save two women from flash floods.

Carpenter was 41. He is survived by a wife and four children.

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Severe Weather
6:30 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Arkansas Governor Declares Disaster From Recent Storms

Gov. Mike Beebe has declared six counties disaster areas as a result of recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in Arkansas.

Beebe on Friday declared Cross, Montgomery, Poinsett, Polk, Scott and Van Buren Counties as state disaster areas. Judges in all six of the counties have already made their own disaster declarations as well.

A statement from Beebe's office says damage assessments from the storms are not complete and more counties are expected to be added to the disaster declaration.

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