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Severe storms move through Region 8

Severe thunderstorm watch for parts of Region 8 until 9 p.m. Sunday
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Updated: May. 9, 2021 at 6:01 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Severe weather moved into the area Sunday afternoon as a tornado warning was issued just outside Region 8.

The tornado warning was issued for areas in Lee and St. Francis counties, as several watches and warnings were issued during the afternoon. The warning was allowed to expire.

An initial storm system moved through Region 8 Sunday morning but the rains with the storm moved out.

The thunderstorms began to move through western Arkansas Sunday morning. According to Meteorologist Aaron Castleberry, instability is starting to rise and will give fuel for storms to fire up and intensify into Region 8.

Region 8 News Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan also gave an update on the weather.

There is also the possibility of significant hail, especially in the southern part of Region 8.

The second round of storms caused the National Weather Service to issue a series of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for the area for at least six counties, starting around mid-afternoon.

The Memphis office of the National Weather Service also issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Crittenden and St. Francis counties until 9 p.m. Sunday.

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