8:17 p.m. UPDATE Severe Thunderstorm Warning for northeastern Bradley County and southeastern Drew County until 9 p.m. Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding and trees. Locations impacted include:
VALLEY…SELMA…LACEY…CARMEL…COLLINS…AND NEW HOPE IN DREW COUNTY.
For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.
7:14 p.m. UPDATE: Tornado warning for Northern Bradley County and Southern Cleveland County Take cover now.
3 p.m. UPDATE:
The strong, fast-moving storm system is still on track to move out of Oklahoma this afternoon and across Arkansas through the evening.
Storms will likely develop ahead of this system across west/southwest Arkansas by 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. and move eastward into central areas by 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Storms will push into eastern Arkansas around 9 p.m.-midnight. However, there will be a second round of severe storms that will lag behind the first round of storms by about 1 to 2 hours.
Large hail and tornadoes will be possible in the afternoon. There will be more of a straight-line wind and hail threat in the evening as storms form a line. One or two strong tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
2:10 p.m. — The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for Southeast Arkansas. The watch is in effect from 2:10 p.m. until 8 p.m. and includes more than 40 Arkansas counties, including the following counties in Southeast Arkansas: Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Drew, Desha, Lincoln.
A strong system will cross Arkansas bringing strong to severe thunderstorms to an area mainly along and south of the Interstate 40 corridor. Expect thunderstorms to develop in western Arkansas this afternoon and shift east across the state through the evening hours.
Initial storms will be more isolated and feature large hail as the primary threat and damaging winds to a lesser extent. These thunderstorms will grow into a squall line as they move into the eastern half of the state during the late afternoon and evening hours.
Due to the instability and low level wind shear present, a few tornadoes are possible. This would be most likely in areas around and to the east of the Interstate 30 corridor and along and south of the Interstate 40 corridor in central and eastern Arkansas. The greatest likelihood of a tornado would be in the late afternoon and early evening hours.
Because the ground over much of Southeast Arkansas is already saturated, any brief rainfall from a strong thunderstorm could create localized areas of flooding or exacerbate ongoing runoff issues.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]