The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center on Tuesday issued a tornado watch for portions of Southeast Arkansas including Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln counties.
The watch remains in effect until 6 p.m. for Arkansas, Bradley, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln counties.
The watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. for Ashley and Chicot counties.
Primary threats include possible tornadoes and isolated damaging winds gusts up 70 miles per hour.
Thunderstorms should gradually intensify across the watch area Tuesday afternoon with a risk for embedded supercell structures capable of a few tornadoes and damaging outflow winds.
The tornado watch area is approximately along — and 65 statute miles east and west — a line from 70 miles north-northeast of Little Rock to 35 miles southeast of El Dorado.
Remember, a tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.
Additional warnings may be issued with the approaching storm system, so closely monitor the National Weather Service in Little Rock with your NOAA radio and/or your local television stations. Any tornado sirens heard in Drew County today should be a warning to take immediate cover. — Leslie McKiever