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The Latest: Tornado risk upgraded for eastern Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The latest on severe weather that's in Arkansas' forecast on Wednesday (all times local):

7:10 a.m.

The Storm Prediction Center is increasing the tornado risk for parts of eastern Arkansas.

Forecasters on Wednesday say parts of eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee are at a moderate risk for severe weather. That's the second-highest risk category from the Storm Prediction Center, which is based in Norman, Oklahoma.

The moderate risk area also includes extreme western Kentucky, extreme southeastern Missouri and extreme southern Illinois.

Forecasters say "multiple tornadic supercells" are possible in the risk area Wednesday.

A handful of tornado warnings have been issued Wednesday morning in Arkansas as the leading edge of the storms moves through the state. No damage has been reported.

6:40 a.m.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries after a tornado warning expired in two northern Arkansas counties.

The warning for Van Buren and Searcy counties expired early Wednesday but a new warning was issued for Baxter, Fulton, Izard and Stone counties in northern Arkansas. That warning expires at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located about 11 miles west of Mountain View at about 6:30 a.m. The storms are speeding through the state, moving northeast at 55 mph.

Forecasters have also issued a tornado watch for nearly all of Arkansas until 1 p.m.

6:05 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for parts of Van Buren and Searcy counties in northern Arkansas.

Forecasters say a radar-confirmed tornado was located about 15 miles west of Clinton near the town of Dabney. The tornado was moving northeast at 45 mph.

The warning is in effect until 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The weather service says the tornado is expected to cause damage to mobile homes and the roofs and windows of other structures. Forecasters say the tornado will likely damage vehicles and trees as well.

The warned area is in the Ozark Mountains.

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