Arkansas Weather

Craig Strickland Backroad Anthem
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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of a missing country singer from Arkansas who disappeared during a severe storm has been recovered from an Oklahoma lake.

The patrol says its Marine Enforcement Division recovered the body of 29-year-old Craig M. Strickland Monday morning in Kaw Lake, located 8 miles east of Ponca City just south of the Oklahoma-Kansas state line.

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Major flooding continues in parts of the state along the Arkansas River.

In Little Rock, the Arkansas River is expected to crest Friday night at 26 feet. That's 3 feet above flood stage and would be the highest crest in that area since 1990. Flooding is already occurring in areas along the river, including the Big Dam Bridge and Burns Park in North Little Rock.

Forecasters say the river is cresting at Dardanelle and Morrilton and is expected to crest soon at Toad Suck Lock and Dam Tailwater.

Clinton wetlands flooding
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Forecasters warn of major flooding along the Arkansas River in central and western Arkansas because of the recent heavy rainfall.

The National Weather Service says major flooding is expected in Dardanelle, Morrilton and Pine Bluff, along with the communities of Toad Suck and Pendleton. A flood warning is in effect for all those areas.

In Dardanelle, the river was cresting early Wednesday at 40 feet, which is 8 feet above flood stage. In North Little Rock, the Big Dam Bridge was closed along with portions of the River Trail because of flooding from the Arkansas River.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has declared a disaster in nine additional counties affected by the weekend's severe weather that caused heavy flooding and left damage throughout the state.

Hutchinson on Tuesday issued disaster declarations for Baxter, Chicot, Crawford, Jackson, Jefferson, Little Rover, Marion, Montgomery and Sebastian counties. His announcement brings to 21 the number of counties where a disaster has been declared.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock says two, EF-1 tornados touched down in southern Arkansas this weekend. Meteorologist Michael Brown says teams confirmed the pair of twisters touched down and are surveying damage in Bradley County at the site of a possible third tornado.

Flood Waters

Much of the state is under a flash flood watch Sunday with heavy rains expected through midday Monday.

Jeff Hood with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock says a storm front moving from the west is bringing the heavy rains. He says several inches have already fallen in portions of northwestern Arkansas.

“Near the Fayetteville area, nearly five inches has already fallen in some locations up there with several more inches of rain expected to fall across the rest of the state through the day tomorrow,” Hood said.

Flooding is expected throughout parts of Arkansas as repeated rounds of rainfall are predicted to drop up to 10 inches of rain in some areas by Monday.

The National Weather Service says a large part of central and northeast Arkansas, including the Little Rock area, will see 5 to 7 inches of rain through the weekend. Seven to 10 inches of rain are possible in the Ouachita and Ozark Mountain areas of the state.

Forecasters say moderate to major flooding is likely because of all the rain. The weather service is urging holiday travelers to not drive across flooded roadways.


Authorities in western Arkansas say an 18-year-old woman was killed and a 1-year-old child was injured when powerful winds uprooted a tree and knocked it onto a house.

The Pope County Sheriff's Office says five people were in the home near Atkins when the tree fell shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday. Three people escaped unharmed but the woman and the toddler were trapped inside the home about 65 miles northwest of Little Rock.


Entergy Arkansas says about 2,600 homes and businesses are without electricity because of severe storms crossing the state.

The utility says nearly half of those outages are in Pope County, while Yell County has an additional 770 outages. The storms were just approaching the Little Rock metropolitan area at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Entergy says power may not be restored to some affected areas until midnight. Forecasters say parts of eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee are at a moderate risk for severe weather.

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Flood warnings remain in effect throughout parts of Arkansas after heavy rainfall caused some river flooding.

The National Weather Service says several rivers and streams in the lower Arkansas, Buffalo, Black, Spring and White river systems are flooded after the weekend's heavy rainfall.