1:30 p.m. Update: Damage Report – Two miles west of Lake Village, six utility poles were downed along U.S. 82. Trees and powerlines are down in Lake Village. One mile west of Lake Village, the roof of a apartment building sustained damage. Three miles west-northwest of Eudora, an 18-wheeler was blown over on Arkansas 8.
1 p.m. Update: A tornado warning for southern Chicot County has been extended to 1:45 p.m. Radar indicated rotation south of Lake Village, moving east-northeast. All other warnings in Southeast Arkansas have been cancelled but the area remains under a flash flood watch until 10 p.m.
12:15 p.m. Update: Tornado warning for the southeast corner of Ashley County and southwest corner of Chicot County until 1 p.m. A thunderstorm capable of producing tornadoes was located six miles southeast of Jones, Louisiana and moving northeast at 60 miles per hour. A tornado warning has also been issued for Lake Village until 1:15 p.m.
11:45 a.m. Update: The tornado warning for Arkansas and Desha counties has been cancelled. Southeast Arkansas remains under a flash flood watch. Ashley County (Wilmot and Parkdale) is under a thunderstorm warning until 12:15 p.m. Chicot County (northeast of Lake Village) is under a thunderstorm warning until 12:30 p.m.
11:15 a.m. Update: A tornado warning has been issued until 11:45 a.m. for Arkansas and Desha counties. The severe thunderstorm, capable of producing tornadoes, is moving northeast at 40 miles per hour.
Original Report: 9:15 a.m.: A tornado watch will be in effect until 2 p.m. today for much of Southeast Arkansas, according to the National Weather Service.
The counties under the watch are Arkansas, Bradley, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Jefferson and Lincoln. Southeast Arkansas cities under the watch are Arkansas City, Dewitt, Dumas, Fordyce, Gould, Hampton, Kingsland, McGehee, Monticello, Pine Bluff, Rison, Rohwer, Star City, Stuttgart, and Warren.
A strong cold front will move into Arkansas today bringing thunderstorms and potentially damaging winds.
Ahead of the cold front, showers and thunderstorms will develop into a squall line. Damaging winds in excess of 70 miles per hour are possible. There is a risk for tornadoes with the main area concern on the east side of the state, according to the National Weather Service.