LIVE Updates: Tracking Severe Storms
Severe thunderstorms are moving across NW Arkansas and the River Valley with a Tornado Watch in effect until Sunday at 11pm.
The atmosphere favors fast-moving storms with a limited tornado risk due to high wind shear.
Here is the situation as it unfolds.
Line continues to exit the area to the east
54mph gust on radar in Fort Smith area
Storms arriving in the Fort Smith area are severe now… damaging wind the main threat
Storms appear to be weakening again, after the last line push that should be it for the storms
Flash flooding could be an issue too, lots of rain out there this evening, many of you will pick up over 1″
Rotation from Harmony to Clarksville still looks impressive. Watching it close.
Still several pockets of rotation out there… one looks pretty good south of Mena, another S. Scott Co, still another west of Clarksville, Arkansas
Storm in Madison Co showing some signs of rotation… monitoring.
Still watching a cell south of Alix, Franklin Co Some spin to it.
Receiving more reports of damage to homes in Huntington, roof damage in vicinity of Water Treatment Plant & Structural damage around Oak street.
Government shutdown won’t affect storm surveys, NWS planning on doing some tomorrow in West Central Arkansas to investigate tornado damage. #arwx Shutdown DOES affect NWS public outreach and things like that tho
Reports of a barn destroyed Highway 252 in Dayton
We have two news crews arriving on-site, one in Dayton, one in Huntington, will let you know what they find.
At the moment ALL severe storm and tornado warnings have expired.
Storms coming into Benton County are not favorable for tornadoes… could be a small severe risk tho, watching it. Keep an eye on the storm in So LeFlore
Unconfirmed damage reports still coming in from Huntington/Dayton area
Tornado potential coming down near Ozark
Rotation weakening some on Cecil storm… still dangerous
Tornado risk very high Franklin Co, we think tornado is possible between Charleston and Ozark at any time
Still LIVE on KXNW 34, Tornado Warning Extended into Franklin CO
New storm So LeFlore Co will have rotation potential as well
ASP reporting damage in Huntington near Water Plant, likely tornado damage
May have had a brief tornado touchdown in Huntington area NE side of town based on radar data
Tornado Warning , strongest rotation near Dayton
Severe warning for LeFlore Sebastian Co, appears to be a bow segment forming could be wind damage risk with time, still can’t rule out an isolated tornado threat
No reports of any damage from storms across the area
New update from Storm Prediction Center… fast moving cells with brief tornado risk continue to be main threat
Storms continue to be disorganized at the moment. Unfortunately, the tornado risk will persist for at least a few more hours.
Line of storms emerging in eastern Oklahoma will be the end of this event but the line will also have a risk of damaging winds
Cell entering Benton Co also showing some rotation potential
The “best spin” the atmosphere is in SE Oklahoma and West Central Arkansas and diminishes farther north. This is the area we would be most concerned with tornadoes developing quickly
Cell that prompted tornado warning in SW LeFlore County weakened quickly. We continue to watch cells in SE Oklahoma with severe and/or rotation potential