storm clouds34:11 p.m.  The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for central Desha County until 4:30 p.m.

At 3:53 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located over Omega, near Dumas, moving east at 45 mph.

HAZARD: 60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.
IMPACT…Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include: Rohwer, Winchester, Lucca Landing, Jersey Point, Omega, Kelso, Yukon, Pickens and McArthur…
HAIL: 1inch
WIND: 60 miles per hour

3:29 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a weather alert until 4:15 p.m. for Desha, northeastern Drew and Southern Lincoln counties.

At 3:29 p.m., Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm 11 miles west of Dumas, moving east at 35 miles per hour. Dime-size hail and winds in excess of 40 miles per hour will be possible with this storm. Locations impacted include:
Dumas, Rohwer, Arkansas City, Mitchellville, Tillar, Watson, Winchester, Yancopin, Jersey Point, Omega, Lucca Landing, Mills, Kelso, McGehee, Reed, Garrett Bridge, Gourd, Florence, Tyro and Rose Hill.

Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
Target Area: Desha, Drew and Lincoln counties.

11: 24 a.m. A Flood Warning continues for the Mississippi River near Arkansas City until Friday March 23.

At 11 a.m. on Monday, the stage was 40.1 feet.

Moderate flooding is occurring and Major flooding is forecast. Flood stage is 37.0 feet. Forecast: the river will continue rising to near 44 feet by Wednesday March 14.

Flood history: This crest compares to a previous crest of 44.3 feet on January 13, 2016.


At 44.0 feet, water is on the levees in the vicinity of Arkansas City. Trailers should be evacuated from the hunting club on Huntington Point Mississippi due to high water. All of the land inside levee protection is inundated.

At 42.0 feet, water approaches the first structure at the Donaldson Point Hunting Club in Bolivar County.

At 41.0 feet, the river cuts off access to the Oakley Grain at Yellow Bend.