Tornado and Straight Winds leave Damage on Sunday Night

Near summer-like weather conditions over the weekend in the Arkansas River Valley took a drastic change on Sunday evening, as storms ahead of a cold front brought heavy rains, dangerous lightning, and high winds, before leaving chilly conditions for Monday and the possibility of freezing temps for the night ahead.

Although no injuries were reported from the storms, there was property damage from straight-line winds and from a tornado in Franklin County, later confirmed as an EF-1 by the National Weather Service.  Rain was quite heavy as the front moved through, with some areas recording close to three inches.  Flash flooding was reported in several communities.

Overnight, Entergy Arkansas reported 8,600 customers in their system without power due to the storms.  That included 3000 in Pope County and 1000 in Yell.  This morning, that overall number had climbed to over 10,000, but the utility says more than 4000 of those outages had been restored as of this morning.

Freeze Warnings and also Lake Wind Warnings are now to be in effect for all of the Arkansas River Valley overnight.