Arkansas relaxes after wild day of weather

Severe Weather Coverage

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Severe weather moved into Arkansas early Wednesday morning wrecking havoc as it progressed through the state with Tornado warnings, hail, flash flooding and more.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 1 p.m. for Central and Southeastern Arkansas with a growing number of power outages being seen along the Central and Southeastern portions of the state.

Lightning streaked across the sky in bursts with only seconds between each blinding flash.

Early morning commuters faced difficulty getting to their destinations as rain and lightning made visibility difficult.

The storm could be seen across the expanse of the sky depending on the vantage point.

Entergy Arkansas has reported a total of 5,447 customers without power as workers move into those areas to reconnect residents. Power outages can be viewed at the state outage map.

Traffic in the Little Rock area is moving at a sluggish pace as heavy rain begins to impact the area.

Areas around Central Arkansas are seeing significant flash flooding in low lying areas.

A park near City Hall in Sherwood pushed into flooding from the heavy rain.

Mart Street near Cedar Hill became impassable by some vehicles as the storm progressed.

The weather has also affected traffic with both directions of a 1-mile area of Highway 37 in Jackson County shut down with reports of high water.

The City of Conway took to Twitter to give helpful information to the Conway community to help those who may need to seek shelter from the storm.

Damaging winds and hail are the largest threats, with isolated tornados possible to form anywhere through the state.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed east-central Arkansas under a MODERATE RISK (45%) for severe storms. An ENHANCED RISK (30%) includes much of northeast, north-central, central and southeast Arkansas. Meanwhile, a SLIGHT RISK (15%) has been issued for west Arkansas. These percentages indicate the probability of a severe storm occurring within a 25-mile radius of any one point. The higher the risk, the greater potential to see severe storms.

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