LIVE UPDATES: Widespread Severe Weather Expected Today
Widespread severe weather will impact the region on Sunday with multiple rounds of storms. This blog will provide updates from the 5NEWS weather and news team as this event unfolds.
It’s been quiet so far for a lot of you but we are beginning to see the next round develop over east Oklahoma. There is still a lot of unstable air for these to work with across the west River Valley and into NWA. These storms could rapidly intensify once they reach this unstable air. The Storm prediction Center has also extended the ‘High Risk’ area further north into parts of NWA.
STATE POLICE HAVE MULTIPLE CALLS REGARDING 18-WHEELERS OVERTURNED ON INTERSTATE 40 NEAR SOUTHERN END OF LAKE CONWAY
STATE POLICE HAVE MULTIPLE HOUSES DAMAGED ON HIGHWAY 10 WEST OF LITTLE ROCK – CHECKING FOR INJURIES
WE HAVE RECEIVED A REPORT THAT GAME AND FISH HEADQUARTERS EAST OF MAYFLOWER HAS BEEN DESTROYED.
2 confirmed dead in Quapaw Oklahoma in Ottawa county. The fire station is also reported to be destroyed by a possible tornado.
Extensive power outages have been reported for Pope County. The estimated time to restore the outages is set for the next two hours.
5:10 PM: Viewer photo of pea size hail from Becca Carter.
5:10 PM viewer photo from Cheryl Ivey in New Blaine, AR (East Logan County)
The Danville storm is now also a TORNADO WARNING
Van Buren Police say storm shelters within the city are already open to the public.
Tornado Watch has been upgrade to a PDS watch (Particularly Dangerous Situation) for Franklin, Sebastian, and Le Flore counties until 11pm.
Here is information you’ll need if you are programming your weather radio today: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/?n=noaawx1.htm
Important to note today: Severe thunderstorms COULD quickly go tornadic. If you are in a severe thunderstorm warning..pay close attention.
All forms of severe weather will be possible today include strong long track tornadoes. Here are the current probabilities for each category.
Hatched Area: 10% or greater probability of EF2 – EF5 tornadoes within 25 miles of a point.
Hatched Area: 10% or greater probability of two inch diameter hail or larger within 25 miles of a point.
Here’s an updated look at the timing for our severe weather threat on Sunday.
A round of storms moves through in the morning hours followed by a stronger round in the afternoon/evening. Severe storms are likely with strong winds, large hail, flash flooding, and possibly strong tornadoes.
*Note: Our in house model that you are seeing isn’t quite resolving the strength of the afternoon storms yet. The timing is what to take away from this graphic. **
Here is an approximate timeline of what to expect for Sunday’s storms. There will be updates to come as we continue to get new data.
There will be a morning round followed by a stronger afternoon/evening round. 2-3″ hail, wind gusts to 80mph, flash flooding, and strong (possibly long track) tornadoes will be possible.