Several Region 8 counties under tornado warning, watch area extended

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the following counties in Region 8 until 4 a.m. In Arkansas: Clay, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence and Mississippi Counties.

A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued.

Tornado warnings have also been issued for several Region 8 counties, as of 8:30 p.m. Counties in the warning area include Baxter, Izard and Stone Counties in Arkansas. Butler and Ripley Counties in Missouri.

A tornado warning means one has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

In case of a tornado warning, the Storm Prediction Center suggests you:

  • Go immediately to an underground shelter, basement or storm cellar.
  • If no underground shelter is available, go to an interior room (closet, hallway, bathroom, or beneath a stairwell) on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
  • If you are in a mobile home, go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately.
  • If in a vehicle, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If you are caught in a storm's path, stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows and cover with your hands or a blanket, if possible. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges.
  • In a shopping mall, large store, church or theater, do not panic. Move quickly but orderly to an interior bathroom or hallway, away from windows.

The Region 8 Storm Team is tracking this system and will have live reports throughout the night. You can also get instant weather updates, including live radar, at kait8.com.

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