Local weather guru Carol Allen says in today’s daily weather update:
As Arkansans conclude yet another week with excessive rain, we’ve got the added threats of flash flooding and a Tornado Watch has been issued for several counties in central and southern parts of the state, including Pulaski County, until 11:00 tonight. A Tornado Warning has just been issued for Calhoun, Union and Ouachita counties in southern Arkansas until 4:00 p.m. The Flash Flood Watch will be in effect until sometime Saturday morning.
Virtually the entire state is under the gun with this latest monster system and forecasters still predict that we could receive five inches or more of rain before this system exits the state in the wee hours of the morning Saturday. Obviously, this is a major concern, as the ground has no place for the rain to go, so the end result is flooding, especially in low-lying areas. To add insult to injury, if we get any high winds, downed trees are a possibility, so have your flashlights, etc., ready just in case. A very important reminder: don’t forget to bring outdoor pets inside.
Meanwhile, Gov. Beebe today added Fulton, Little River and Woodruff counties to the state disaster list because of flooding, bringing the number of counties so designated to 23.