Storms, heavy rain across region Saturday

Highway 91 under water just north of Egypt, AR on 12/21/13.
Highway 91 under water just north of Egypt, AR on 12/21/13.

JONESBORO (KAIT) - Tornadoes, strong winds, and heavy rain made for a miserable Saturday. A Tornado Watch is also in effect for much of eastern Arkansas until 8:00pm.

Police reported a tornado on the ground in West Memphis, Arkansas where several large trucks were blown on their side on Interstate 40 at mile marker 276. No injuries have been reported there. Another tornado was on the ground in Ashley County in southern Arkansas. No reports of damage from that storm as of 4:45pm.

A possible tornado struck in Hughes, Arkansas damaging homes and other property. There are reports from Memphis media of minor injuries there. Emergency crews were just getting on scene.

Flash flooding is occurring in across the region. Numerous low lying roads are under water. A section of state Highway 226 in Jackson County is under water and closed. State Highway 91 just north of Egypt, Arkansas was covered with water. The road was not closed, but signs do advise motorists the road was unsafe to pass. Do not drive into areas where water covers the roadway. It only takes a few inches of moving water to push a car off the road.

The excessive rainfall will also cause the rivers in the area to rise significantly. Flood Warnings are in effect for the Black River in Lawrence and Randolph Counties and the Spring River in Lawrence County. The rivers are expected to go above flood stage.

The cold front is also bringing substantially colder temperatures. At 7:00am Saturday, the temperature was 67 in Pine Bluff where storms are predicted and 34 in Fayetteville where freezing rain was expected later in the day.

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