Heavy rains, winds move through Region 8

Tornado watch issued for Crittenden, Cross and St. Francis until 10 p.m. Sunday, power outages, flooding reported

Heavy rains, winds move through Region 8
A shelf cloud was reported in the Wynne area Sunday as a strong line of storms moved in. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A storm system arrived Sunday afternoon in Region 8, bringing heavy rains and winds in the area.

According to Entergy Arkansas, nearly 1,400 customers are without power as of 6 p.m. Sunday due to the weather.

About 300 customers in Jackson County, 150 customers in Poinsett County, 115 customers in Crittenden County, 60 customers in Independence County and 50 customers in Lawrence County are among the customers without power.

Sporadic outages were reported in Baxter, Mississippi and White counties, according to Entergy’s outage map.

Craighead Electric also reported sporadic outages in Poinsett County, according to the utility’s outage map.

According to Craighead County dispatch, County Road 155 near Highway 91 was under water Sunday afternoon due to the heavy rains.

Storm clouds were also seen Sunday afternoon in the Wynne area.

Severe weather, including hail and heavy rain, was also reported in Poinsett County Sunday.

Newport police also announced they were opening a safe room on Pecan Street due to the weather.

The rains also caused an area near the road on County Road 702 and Highway 49 in Craighead County near Brookland to flood Sunday.

Dennis Duty said the area, which is located near businesses, floods quite often and that he has been working with officials to get something done.

He said he believes the area needs larger culverts.

An area along County Road 702 and Highway 49, near Brookland, received heavy rains Sunday.
An area along County Road 702 and Highway 49, near Brookland, received heavy rains Sunday. (Source: Dennis Duty)

The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for Crittenden, Cross, and St. Francis counties until 10 p.m. Sunday.

Heavy rains and strong winds continue to be the main threat, but a tornado cannot be ruled out this afternoon and evening.

The heavy rains caused the National Weather Service to issue a pair of flash flood warnings.

According to Region 8 News Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan, storms were to the west of Region 8 around lunchtime, with warm and muggy conditions.

However, storms are expected to start southwest of Region 8 around lunchtime and will arrive in the area by mid-afternoon.

By 5 p.m., the storms should be expected to be moving through the middle of Region 8.

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