Jefferson, Grant counties avoid storm damage

Jefferson and Grant counties escaped the brunt of a Wednesday night storm that produced tornado warnings for both counties.

Spokespersons for the counties’ emergency communications services said no damages were reported, although a wind gust in Jefferson County reportedly shook a couple of buildings and alarmed several persons inside.

Pine Bluff Police Capt. Greg Shapiro said a tree was blown down at Sixteenth Avenue and Main Street but was quickly removed by the street department. Some limbs were also downed “here and there” in the city.

A line of storms formed across the northwest portion of the state Wednesday afternoon and then moved across the state in a southeastward direction as part of an approaching cold front. The front was expected to be out of the state by midnight.

Cooler temperatures and windy conditions are predicted over the next several days.