High Winds, Heavy Rain in Parts of Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  - High winds, hail and heavy rain were moving out of Arkansas Wednesday evening after raking across the state for more than 12 hours. Thirteen counties in south and east Arkansas remained under a Tornado Watch until 11 p.m. Wednesday.

As severe weather moved into the state Wednesday morning, parts of northwest Arkansas were hit by heavy rain that touched off flash flooding.

As the storms moved into the River Valley, wind damage was extensive from Logan County into Johnson County and Yell County into Pope County. In the cities of Atkins, Russellville and Dardanelle, trees and power lines were toppled. There were several reports of trees falling on houses. More wind damage was reported in Conway County.

The severe weather marched on to the south and east after passing over Central Arkansas. Around 3:45 p.m. in Pulaski County near Mabelvale, flash flooding was reported with some vehicles stranded. A flash flood was reported at 4:55 p.m. in Perryville (Perry County), where a car was stranded in water. Roads were also covered in high water in Pine Bluff (Jefferson County).

In south Arkansas around 4:30 p.m., trees were reported blown down in Calhoun County. Shortly before 5 p.m., downed trees and power lines were reported at McCrory (Woodruff County)  on Highway 269 and in Cotton Plant, south of County Road 306.  Around the same time, extensive damage to trees and power lines was reported at Brinkley (Monroe County).

Early Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in North Little Rock noted widespread 1 to 3 inch rain totals across the northwest half of Arkansas. The NWS said the heaviest rain fell in parts of the Ozark Mountains. Fayetteville (Washington County) had 2.93 inches, with 2.56 inches at Flippin (Marion County), and 2.14 inches at Harrison (Boone County). Farther south, Mount Ida (Montgomery County) picked up 1.94 inches, the NWS said.

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