Pine Bluff, Southeast Arkansas expected to avoid possible severe storms


A possible round of severe weather is expected to strike the state today and Saturday, but a spokesman for the National Weather Service’s North Little Rock office said Pine Bluff and the remainder of Southeast Arkansas aren’t expected to receive anything beyond rain and some thunderstorms.

A warm front is lifting across Texas and Oklahoma and will bring a risk for thunderstorms, hail and heavy rains for those states as well as southwest Arkansas. The NWS spokesman said any severe weather within Arkansas is expected to be limited to the southwest portion, stretching to Little Rock.

Some of the cities with the greatest potential for potent storms include Oklahoma City, Texarkana and Little Rock, according to an AccuWeather.com report. The biggest threats from those thunderstorms are figured to be hail up to golf-ball size, which is capable of denting vehicles, injuring exposed livestock and producing significant crop damage.

Wind gusts of up to 60 miles an hour — strong enough to uproot trees and down power lines — are possible with the storms there. Tornadoes are possible, although unlikely.

As the system pushes eastward, storm chances are projected to decrease and primary threats will become some possibly heavy rains and damaging straight-line winds. Southeast Arkansas could receive a couple of inches of rain.

Authorities issued a caution to persons who planned to be outdoors or fishing to keep a close eye on weather conditions. Heavy rains can cause flash flooding along rural roadways, small creeks and streams. Motorists planning to travel along interstates 30 and 40 also were urged to stay abreast of weather developments.