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Strong Winds, Storm Damage

Summary of wind gusts Thursday and storm reports from Wednesday night
Winds are diminishing across Central Arkansas this evening, but still some gusty winds can be expected through the evening. Earlier this morning and during the afternoon winds gusted to over 50 MPH in some spots, bringing down tree limbs and causing power outages. Here is a list from the National Weather Service of maximum wind gusts recorded today across the State.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
430 PM CST THU DEC 20 2012

...PEAK WIND GUSTS SINCE MIDNIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTY WARNING AREA...

SHERIDAN.......................55 MPH
STUTTGART......................50 MPH
FLIPPIN........................50 MPH
DEVILS KNOB RAWS...............50 MPH
STUTTGART AIRPORT..............50 MPH
LITTLE ROCK ADAMS FIELD........49 MPH
HOT SPRINGS....................46 MPH
MOUNTAIN HOME..................46 MPH
PINE BLUFF.....................46 MPH
NEWPORT........................46 MPH
HARRISON.......................45 MPH
MONTICELLO.....................45 MPH
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE.....44 MPH
BATESVILLE.....................44 MPH
MENA...........................43 MPH
NORTH LITTLE ROCK NWS..........43 MPH
CLINTON........................43 MPH
MONTICELLO RAWS................42 MPH
SEARCY.........................41 MPH
RUSSELLVILLE...................40 MPH
BOONEVILLE RAWS................40 MPH
CAMDEN.........................40 MPH
MOUNT IDA......................38 MPH
ARKADELPHIA....................36 MPH
EVENING SHADE RAWS.............36 MPH
GUY RAWS.......................35 MPH
JESSIEVILLE RAWS...............34 MPH
SILVER HILL RAWS...............34 MPH
ODEN RAWS......................33 MPH
ARMSTEAD MOUNTAIN RAWS.........31 MPH


 The same system that produced the strong winds today sent a cold front through Wednesday night, creating a line of storms that created wind damage in parts of the State. One EF1 tornado with winds of up to 95 MPH was confirmed by the National Weather Service near Sheridan in Grant County. The tornado hit shortly before 1:30 AM Thursday and destroyed one mobile home. Nobody was injured. Below is a map showing all the of the severe weather reports from Wednesday night. Most resulted from straight line winds.


Winds will diminish tonight with cold temperatures by tomorrow morning.
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