Severe weather is peppering Region 8 as we speak and today will see much more move through the area. KAIT and the Region 8 Stormteam is on high alert and will monitor the weather situation 24 hours a day, every day. kait8.com is your web resource for weather news and the latest radar images from KAIT's StormTRACK Dopplar 8. Click here to visit the Stormteam homepage.
According to Stormteam meterologist Sarah Tipton, "The main threat comes Thursday afternoon and evening as a strong cold front moves across the region, producing some strong to severe thunderstorms. The main threat from these storms would be damaging winds, hail, and isolated tornadoes."
Today's temperatures will reach mid-70s with overnight lows in the low 60s. Chris Castleman will keep you up to date on the weather throughout the morning hours.
In overnight news, a house on Highway 49 south of Paragould went up in flames around 8:30 p.m. last night and today nothing is left of the residence. No one was hurt in the fire but it took teams of South Greene County, Paragould and Brookland fire fighters to quench the flames. Kendall Treece, the owner, tells Region 8 News that he smelled smoke in the basement and when he opened the door, the smoke hit him in the face. The house is a total loss.
"I think he's probably one of the most well trained of the dispatchers that is over there right now. Jeff has some good management skills, and I think he'll do a real good job," said Jonesboro Mayor, Doug Formon. Long time city employee Jeff Presley will serve as Jonesboro's interim 9-11 director until the city can find a permanent replacement for the position. This comes after Bob Andrews was fired from the position on Tuesday. "It's an unfortunate set of circumstances, what has transpired with the director, but I have no reason to believe it will cause us any great operational difficulty during this time period," said Jonesboro Police Chief, Mike Yates.
On Good Morning Region 8 today...
We're tracking severe weather as it happens and will keep you posted on the latest details.
Plus, a Craighead County deputy injured in February with her K-9 unit speaks to the news for the very first time since the incident. We'll show you what she's saying.
And Jeanne Moos takes a look today at Barack Obama's grandmother and what she's doing to help her grandchild make it to the White House.