Arkansas Weather

Officials in Malvern say a man was killed when a tree fell on his house during a thunderstorm.

Severe storms raked Arkansas on Thursday, and Hot Spring County emergency officials said Friday a man died when one passed through Malvern. A young girl in the home survived.

The bad weather knocked over trees and power lines in many areas of the state, cutting power to 60,000 homes and businesses. Winds exceeded 60 mph in some locations, and forecasters issued numerous tornado warnings from Little Rock eastward.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says the deadline is nearing for small, nonfarm business in 16 Arkansas counties and neighboring parishes and counties in Louisiana and Mississippi affected by drought to apply for disaster loans.

The deadline is Sept. 15 to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The loans are available to small, nonfarm businesses that are dependent on farmers and ranchers who suffered losses due to the drought that began Oct. 1, 2013.

Hot temperatures have hit central Arkansas after a record cool July. Central and Eastern Arkansas have temperatures in the high 90's with heat indexes above 100 degrees.  According to Charles Dalton of the National Weather Service, these temperatures are not out of the ordinary for August.

“We’ve got really strong upper level high pressure building across the central gulf states including Arkansas. So, we’ve had an a-typical summertime weather pattern stretching back the past couple of weeks and it’s just kind of swapped to a more normal pattern,” said Dalton.

The much-delayed hot summer temperatures are finally hitting Arkansas.

The northeastern and eastern parts of the state are under a heat advisory through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service predicts heat index values of 105 degrees to 108 degrees in that part of the state. Elsewhere in the state, afternoon temperatures are predicted to be in the mid- to upper 90s, with hot and humid temperatures in the forecast throughout the weekend.

But the weather service says a cold front is expected to push into the area by Tuesday.

The National Climatic Data Center says last month was the coldest July on record in Arkansas.

Research shows that the statewide average temperature in July was 75.7 degrees. That breaks Arkansas' previous record of 76.3 degrees, set in July 1967. It's also 4.6 degrees below the 20th century average for July.

The center says Arkansas' average daily high temperature in July was 85.9 degrees, which is the coldest in more than 100 years. The average low temperature in Arkansas 65.5 degrees, the coldest since 1947.

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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.