Heavy Rain, Isolated Tornadoes Possible Through Friday

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – Heavy rain is back in the Arkansas forecast as the remnants of a tropical storm that made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast Tuesday make their way to the Natural State.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Little Rock says we’ll have more hit and miss showers and thunderstorms bubbling up, mainly during the heat of the afternoon and evening Wednesday, with locally heavy downpours possible. The highest chances of rain will be over the northern/western counties.

Parts of the northwest already experienced high water problems early on the on the 16th. Flooding was reported on Highways 21 and 74 north and west of Kingston (Madison County). The ends of three bridges were washed out, and there was one swift water rescue. At Ponca (Newton County), the Buffalo River climbed 14 feet in a short period of time. Several cars in campgrounds along the river had significant water damage. 

The remnants of Tropical Storm Bill are expected to bring heavy rain, possibly six inches or more, in portions of western Arkansas.

The NWS says due to a ridiculously wet May, the soil is already saturated in areas where heavy rain is projected. The ground cannot hold much additional water. If this event unfolds as predicted, flash flooding/some river flooding will become a major concern. High water could affect roads and some homes and businesses.

Also, considering the circulation around the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill, isolated brief weak tornadoes could develop through the 19th in areas north and west of Little Rock.  

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