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Flash Flood Watch Remains in Effect, Tornado Watch Expired

UPDATE 2:05 AM::::

The National Weather Service Tornado Watch and Flash Flood Warning for our area has expired but a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect as the storm system continues to move through the area.

Much of the heavy rains expected for the area have passed to the north and south of Hempstead County, so far sparing the county any significant weather issues.

We will continue to watch as the system moves through the area and update with any developments.
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UPDATE 11:07 PM::::

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHEASTERN LITTLE RIVER… SOUTHERN HEMPSTEAD…MILLER…LAFAYETTE…NEVADA…COLUMBIA AND SOUTHEASTERN BOWIE COUNTIES UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST…

At 1104 PM CST, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Okolona to near Maud. Movement was east at 45 mph.

Pea size hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms.

Locations impacted include…
Texarkana, Magnolia, Hope, Wake Village, Prescott, Stamps, Waldo, Lewisville, McNeil, Nash, Redwater, Maud, Red Lick, Fouke, Taylor, Emmet, Buckner, Perrytown, Rosston and Garland.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 200 AM CST for south central
and southwestern Arkansas…and northeastern Texas.

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UPDATE 10:27 P.M.::::

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Flash Flood Warning for:
Little River County in southwestern Arkansas…
Northwestern Hempstead County in southwestern Arkansas…
Sevier County in southwestern Arkansas…
Howard County in southwestern Arkansas…
Southeastern McCurtain County in southeastern Oklahoma…
North central Cass County in northeastern Texas…
Bowie County in northeastern Texas…
Southeastern Red River County in northeastern Texas…

Until 130 AM CST.

At 1025 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain have
already fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin
shortly. HAZARD…Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas,
highways, streets and underpasses as well as other
drainage and low lying areas.

Some locations that will experience flooding include…
De Queen, Ashdown, Nashville, New Boston, Mineral Springs, Dierks,
Horatio, Foreman, Boxelder, Umpire, Hooks, De Kalb, Redwater, Maud,
Red Lick, Lockesburg, Wilton, Tollette, Winthrop and Gillham.

Additional rainfall amounts of 2 inches are possible in the warned
area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the
dangers of flooding.

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UPDATE 10:10 P.M.::::

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR LITTLE RIVER…HEMPSTEAD…
NORTHERN MILLER…EASTERN SEVIER…HOWARD…BOWIE AND SOUTHEASTERN
RED RIVER COUNTIES UNTIL 11:00 PM CST…

At 10:02 PM CST, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along
a line extending from near Umpire to 6 miles northeast of Broken Bow
to 9 miles southwest of Idabel to near Bagwell. Movement was to the
northeast at 20 mph.

Winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms.

Locations impacted include…
Texarkana, Hope, Wake Village, Ashdown, Nashville, New Boston,
Mineral Springs, Dierks, Foreman, Boxelder, Nash, Hooks, De Kalb,
Redwater, Maud, Red Lick, Lockesburg, Wilton, Blevins and Tollette.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms, and may lead
to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded
roadways.

Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with these storms.
Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe
shelter inside a building or vehicle.

These storms may intensify, so be certain to monitor local radio
stations and available television stations for additional information
and possible warnings from the National Weather Service.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 200 AM CST for southwestern
Arkansas…southeastern Oklahoma…and northeastern Texas.

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UPDATE 5:34 p.m.::: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the region until 2 a.m. ahead of the incoming storm expected to hit the area soon. A Tornado Watch means conditions are right to cause the formation of tornadoes in the area. Have a plan for where you will go in the event a tornado does hit the area.

Arkansas Counties Included in the Tornado Watch:

BAXTER               BOONE               BRADLEY
CALHOUN              CLARK               CLEBURNE
CLEVELAND            COLUMBIA            CONWAY
DALLAS               FAULKNER            FULTON
GARLAND              GRANT               HEMPSTEAD
HOT SPRING           HOWARD              INDEPENDENCE
IZARD                JACKSON             JEFFERSON
JOHNSON              LAFAYETTE           LAWRENCE
LITTLE RIVER         LOGAN               LONOKE
MARION               MILLER              MONTGOMERY
NEVADA               NEWTON              OUACHITA
PERRY                PIKE                POLK
POPE                 PRAIRIE             PULASKI
RANDOLPH             SALINE              SCOTT
SEARCY               SEVIER              SHARP
STONE                UNION               VAN BUREN
WHITE                WOODRUFF            YELL

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National Weather Service has reported a Flash Flood Warning until 6 am Saturday January 11th for portions of the Southeast Oklahoma, Northeast Texas areas and Southwest Arkansas including the Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Nevada and Sevier counties.

According to NWS, wide spread rainfall is predicted to bring upwards of 3 inches of rain and south winds of 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts that are expected to veer west southwest through the evening and overnight hours.

NWS said storms will begin as early as this afternoon across portions of the region north of the I-30 corridor. Some of these storms will develop wide spread damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail and flash flooding. Threats predicted to diminish before sunrise on Saturday January 11th.

SWARK.Today will be monitoring the weather situation over night and will update throughout the course of the storm.

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