Severe Weather Striking Region 8 This Morning

APRIL 23, 2004 - Posted at 7:43 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - After a relatively mild spring, severe weather has finally arrived in Region 8.

K8 Storm Team meteorologist Shane Carter says Jonesboro and Craighead County have just been placed under a thunderstorm warning by the National Weather Service, with the heart of the storm expected to strike Jonesboro around 8 a.m.

Flooding is also a concern for much of Region 8, particularly the counties in the western part of the viewing area. Baxter County is currently under a flash flood warning, while Howell and Oregon counties in southern Missouri are under flood warnings. According to Carter, flash flood warnings are issued for areas that are currently receiving heavy rainfall, while flood warnings are issued to areas that face flood dangers from rain waters that have already accumulated, although it may not be raining at that particular time.

As much as five to seven inches of rain have already been recorded in Baxter, Independence, Lawrence and Sharp counties. The accumulated rainfall, coupled with additional heavy rains expected to fall throughout much of Region 8 through Sunday, could make for a precarious situation in some areas, leading to potential flash flooding.

(K8 News Assignment Manager Randy Myers and Storm Team Meteorologist Shane Carter contributed to this report.)