A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for South Arkansas.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday declared an emergency and allocated $250,000 to prepare for damage and flooding that is likely to occur.
“Whenever you look at what we are to expect, in south Arkansas particularly, you can be prepared to see flash flooding, sustained winds from 40 to 45 miles per hour,” Hutchinson said. “This means trees down. That means a potential for power outages.”
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:
Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday morning on the western Louisiana coast. The system will move into southwest Arkansas Thursday afternoon and evening, and through central Arkansas Thursday night. Even as the system weakens, tropical storm conditions will still be possible, with sustained winds approaching 40-45 miles per hour and gusts of 50 miles per hours, or higher, according to the National Weather Service.
Significant rainfall of four to six inches are expected near and east of the center, with localized amounts in excess of eight inches possible. As a result, flash flooding is expected, along with rises on area rivers.
There will also be the potential for tornadoes in rain bands north and east of the center of circulation, with the greatest likelihood over central and eastern portions of the state Thursday afternoon and Thursday night.