Storm expected to bring flooding rains, possible tornadoes
JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A storm system moving across Arkansas is bringing heavy flooding rains, along with strong winds and possible tornadoes to Region 8.
Following hours of steady rain, the National Weather Service issued Flash Flood Warnings for the following counties in Region 8:
The Jonesboro Police Department reported several streets were also under water. At least two cars ended up in the ditch on Race Street, according to JPD.
Meteorologist Aaron Castleberry said a surge of warmer air Tuesday afternoon could send temperatures into the 60s, increasing instability and spin in the atmosphere.
“That is why we will see an increase in the severe weather threat,” he said. “I think the greatest threat for severe weather is between 4 and 11 p.m. as the cold front pushes through the area.”
Castleberry said strong winds and an isolated tornado or two will be the greatest threats, along with heavy flooding rains.
“The best threat for severe weather is south of Region 8,” he said. “But, we cannot let our guard down.”
The severe threat leaves Region 8 by midnight and cooler air moves in.
“When it comes to the flooding threat, there is a flood watch in effect for a good portion of our counties,” he said. “One to three inches of rain will be common, with higher amounts in isolated areas.”
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