Severe  weather will be possible in Southeast Arkansas today. Weather updates will follow the image explaining the thunderstorm risk categories below.

The greatest chances of severe weather are across eastern and southeastern Arkansas this afternoon and early evening. Damaging winds and tornadoes are the primary concerns, especially across the east and southeast, according to the National Weather Service.

The areas in red have a Level 4 out of 5 (moderate) risk for severe weather. The areas in orange have a Level 3 (enhanced) risk.

 

The National Weather Service defines a severe thunderstorm as measured by wind gusts to at least 58 miles per hour, and/or hail to at least one inch in diameter, and/or a tornado. All thunderstorm categories imply lightning and the potential for flooding. Categories are also tied to the probability of a severe weather event within 25 miles of your location.

UPDATES (Watches and Warnings)

Tornado watches for Southeast Arkansas counties have been cancelled.

Wednesday, 2:32 p.m. — A Tornado Watch remains valid until 8 p.m. for Drew, Lincoln, Desha and Arkansas counties in Southeast Arkansas.

Wednesday, 2:26 p.m. — A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 2:45 p.m. for Chicot County.

At 2:26 p.m., severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes were located along a line extending from near Tillar to near McMillan Corner to six miles west of Eudora, moving northeast at 55 miles per hour. These dangerous storms will be near McMillan Corner at 2:30 p.m. and Lake Village at 2:40 p.m.

Wednesday, 2:15 p.m. — A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 2:45 p.m. for Chicot and eastern Ashley counties.

At 2:15 p.m., severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes were located along a line extending from 10 miles east of Monticello to six miles north of Montrose to near Parkdale, moving northeast at 55 miles per hour. These dangerous storms will be near:
Dermott and McMillan Corner around 2:25 p.m.
Chicot Junction around 2:30 p.m.
Lake Village around 235 p.m.

Wednesday, 2:05 p.m. — A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 2:15 p.m. for southeastern Ashley County.

At 2:04 p.m., severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes were located along a line extending from near Snyder to near Jones, moving northeast at 50 miles per hour. These dangerous storms will be near Wilmot around 2:15 p.m.

Wednesday, 1:49 p.m. — The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi has issued a Tornado Warning for Chicot County and eastern Ashley County until 2:45 p.m.

At 1:49 p.m., severe thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado were located along a line extending from near Old Milo to near Berlin to near Galion, moving northeast at 55 miles per hour.

These dangerous storms will be near:
• Fountain Hill around 1:55 p.m.
• Snyder around 2:05 p.m.
• Portland, Montrose and Parkdale around 2:10 p.m.
• Dermott, Chicot Junction and McMillan Corner around 2:25 p.m.
• Lake Village around 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 1:21 p.m. —  The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi has issued a Tornado Warning for southeastern Ashley County until 2:15 p.m.

At 1:21 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 15 miles west of Bastrop, Louisiana, moving northeast at 50 miles per hour.  This dangerous storm will be near Parkdale around 2:10 p.m.

Wednesday, 1:04 p.m. — The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Ashley County until 2 p.m. At 1:04 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Moro Bay State Park to near Sterlington, Louisiana to 12 miles northwest of Clarks, moving northeast at 55 miles per hour. 60 mph wind gusts.

Wednesday, 5: 25 a.m. — Southeast Arkansas counties (and most of the state) are under a Tornado Watch until 1 p.m. — National Weather Service, Little Rock.

Wednesday, 3:44 a.m. — Ashley and Chicot counties are under a High Wind Warning from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. South winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour are expected. These winds will occur before the arrival of thunderstorms. Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. Winds of this magnitude can bring down trees and power lines causing serious injury and property damage. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive. Winds this strong will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Secure outdoor objects.  — National Weather Service, Jackson, Mississippi.