January 11 Update – STORM REPORTS: A line of strong and severe thunderstorms moved through the state Friday night through Saturday morning, January 10-11. There were many wind damage reports, along with several flash flood reports. There were 2 confirmed tornadoes as well. This map is preliminary, with additional reports added as more information is received, and surveys completed. – National Weather Service
Weather Warnings & Updates:
A Tornado Watch remains in effect for Ashley and Chicot counties, including Crossett, Dermott, Eudora, Hamburg, and Lake Village.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Southeastern Chicot County until 5:30 a.m. At 4:30 a.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Eudora to Monticello, moving northeast at 50 miles per hour.
Flash Flood Warning until 5:30 a.m. for Bradley, Cleveland, Lincoln, Drew, Jefferson, Calhoun, Arkansas, Prairie, and Lonoke counties.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including McGehee, Arkansas City, and Watson until 4:15 a.m.
Tornado Warning for Hamburg, Crossett, Lake Village, Dermott, Portland until 3:45 a.m.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Chicot and Ashley counties until 3:30 a.m.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Gould, Stuttgart and DeWitt until 3:30 a.m.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Monticello, Warren and Dumas until 3:30 a.m.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Rison, Camden and Fordyce until 1:30 a.m.
Friday, 7 a.m.
Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to sweep across Arkansas Friday night and early Saturday. Damaging winds will be the main concern, with a few tornadoes possible. Arkansas. The risk in Southeast Arkansas has been upgraded from enhanced to moderate. This is serious. — The National Weather Service in Little Rock
Nocturnal tornadoes are particularly dangerous. A study from Northern Illinois University found that 42 percent of deadly tornadoes were nocturnal. People are more vulnerable during nighttime events because people are more likely to be asleep, warning sirens are designed to mitigate hazards for people outdoors and are less likely to reach people indoors. Therefore, it is important to have some type of alert system such as a NOAA weather radio with an active alarm sound or a fully charged cellphone with alerting capacity. Most cellphones are now equipped with the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. TORNADO SAFETY TIPS.
Friday, 4:07 a.m.
Thunderstorms will become widespread as a storm system arrives from the southern Plains. A large line of storms is expected, and this will sweep through the region tonight. Torrential downpours will noted with the storms. The forecast calls for two to more than three inches of rain in much of the watch area. Much of Arkansas, including Southeast Arkansas, is currently under a flash flood watch.