Heavy rain and possible severe weather on tap for Sunday

"I can't stress the importance of monitoring your local media and the four National Weather Service offices that cover our state for potentially lifesaving weather alerts", said GOHSEP director James Waskom.

A tornado was reported earlier by storm chasers near the DE and Blackford County line with this storm, according to reports. The storm was rated as a high-end EF-0 storm on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with estimated winds in excess of 75 miles per hour.

The tornado warning for southeast Logan County and northwest Yell County is in effect until 6:30 p.m. A Flash Flood Watch may be issued by the National Weather Service. That means there is a threat of EF-2 or greater tornadoes in those areas.

Showers and thunderstorms are still likely before 10 p.m. Locally heavy rain, strong gusty winds, hail and lightning will remain possible until a cold front moves through late this evening. Organized severe thunderstorm development is expected across parts of eastern Texas into western and central Louisiana Sunday through Sunday night.

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Arkansas evaded major damage when a storm system descended on the state Wednesday evening, forecasters said, noting more severe weather is predicted for the weekend.

Parts of Arkansas and MS were also under a threat of tornadoes, but the bullseye was on Louisiana. This is where we will find our main threat of widespread strong storms as they sweep across the area. If you want to know why this time is different than last time or you are curious about what goes into a severe weather forecast, that is the place to go. It is possible we could see one or two inches of rainfall with this system.

Anyone traveling across these areas on Friday will need to be on alert for rapidly changing weather conditions and heed all watches and warnings.

The threat for severe weather statewide is forecast to diminish by 4 a.m. Thursday.

  • Alfonso Moody