Severe weather moves, knocks out power to some

Severe weather moves, knocks out power to some
Power outage generic (Source: WALB)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A severe storm system moved through Region 8 Thursday evening, causing a tornado watch to be issued for most of the region until 4 a.m. Friday.

Counties in the watch include Clay, Cleburne, Craighead, Cross, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph, Sharp, White and Woodruff counties.

The storms began moving into the area Thursday evening in Baxter County.

According to a post on the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, there was a report to 911 of a tornado spotted on the ground in the Gamaliel area around 8 p.m.

However, officials said they have not received any reports of damage in the area and deputies are checking the area.

Storm damage was also reported on Highway 126 North and West Road, Baxter CR714, DuPont Lane, Cannie Baker Road, Tucker Cemetery Road and Cranford Road.

There were also reports of power outages in the area.

According to the Entergy Arkansas website, nearly 90 people in Independence County were without power Thursday.

Officials with North Arkansas Electric also reported that about 110 people were without power in the Mountain Home area.


One of the best ways to be aware of the weather is to follow the Region 8 StormTEAM:

- Watch the latest forecasts on KAIT-TV at 4:30-7 a.m., Midday at 11 a.m., News at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. on KAIT-ABC & KAIT-NBC. Newscasts are available over the air, on cable & satellite where available, on, on the Region 8 News mobile app for smartphones and tablets (to install or update the news app search KAIT in your mobile marketplace).

-OTT watch Region 8 News from any device by downloading the Region 8 News app, the Region 8 Weather app, the Region 8 News Roku channel, or on the Region 8 News on Amazon Firestick.

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