The river is expected to peak at higher levels than those seen after torrential rains this spring. In places — including Dardanelle, Ozark and Morrilton — it's expected to match or exceed the historic flooding in 1990.
Brian Chilson ventured out to the old Rock Island bridge near the Clinton Presidential Library today to bring back some pictures of dramatic flooding. The wetland area near the library is already underwater, and if you look upstream in these photos, the water looks to be uncomfortably close to the bottom of the Junction Bridge.
KARK reports that two people are dead after a possible tornado passed through a mobile home park in Nashville. At least two others in Howard County are critically injured. In the northeast Texas, dozens were injured and 10 people are unaccounted for, according to the Associated Press.
The National Weather Service notes record lows all over Arkansas this morning — including 43 at North Little Rock, well below the old record of 48 and third-lowest May temperature ever. It fell to a record 39 in Jacksonville. and the 42 recorded in Pine Bluff broke a 107-year-old record.
An infant died shortly after birth to a woman injured in the Faulkner County tornado, Faulkner County civil attorney David Hogue said this afternoon. The death is believed related to the injuries. The child's identity has not yet been released.
Meteorologist John Robinson with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock issued an explainer today on why the Vilonia tornado earned an EF4 rating rather than the top rating of EF5. UPDATE: He's also provided information about the death that occurred when a door failed in a "safe room." The safe room hadn't undergone an inspection by a government agency, something disaster specialists recommend.
The death toll remains at 15 from the Sunday night tornado, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and there identities have been released Damage assessment continues amid the cleanup of the storm that devastated parts of Pulaski, Faulkner and White counties. John Robinson of the National Weather Service, in his team's assessment, saw hundreds of crumpled cars.
On the path of the tornado: Inevitably, somebody gets around to saying that it looks like a bomb went off. But it doesn't look like a bomb. A bomb is fire. A bomb is deliberation — a human hand and mind deciding where to plant it or drop it, when to set the timer or light the fuse. This isn't that. This is the worst kind of random. The tornado crossed I-40 just south of Mayflower, wiping cars off the road and sucking wooden posts used to string a guide wire near the freeway out of the ground like rotten teeth. A red Volvo rig lay on its side on the southbound side of the Interstate, an even larger wrecker working to right it. A car, unrecognizable as a car, sat in the median...
Sixteen people died in Sunday night storms in Central Arkansas. Searches of the disaster areas continue this morning. President Obama acknowledged the disaster during a foreign trip and promised all federal help.
A strong tornado has raked the state tonight, cutting a swath of destruction from Maumelle to Vilonia and beyond. State Police radio chatter points to heavy damage in Mayflower from a tornado that spotters say was a half mile wide when it crossed I-40.
Rest easy, people of Springdale: though the city's automated emergency system sent out at least one text alert advising that a "Tsunami Watch/Warning" had been issued for Springdale, the text was in error. Officials said the problem arose when a line of code that normally filters National Weather Service alerts was deleted.
Filing for political offices closes at noon today for the partisan primaries. Judicial candidates have until 3 p.m. to file.
Judging by the looks of my street, I won't be able to make it to the Capitol to file. I wonder how many others are in the same situation.
This just in from State Police: Arkansas State Troopers and emergency services crews are at the Red River Bridge along I-30 west of Hope this morning searching for one of two individuals who jumped from the bridge earlier today.
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has been sounding the alarm on the potential lapse of ARKids benefits for some 100,000 children in the state if families fail to renew their coverage under new federal eligibility requirements.
Police were called today to the Mitchell Williams law firm just after 9 a.m. after State Treasurer Dennis Milligan and lawyer Luther Sutter got into an argument. Milligan accused Sutter of of pushing him in the chest.
"The Democrat-Gazette calls Courtney Goodson 'the ultimate insider,'" a male voice ominously intones. "Italian getaways, enriching trial lawyers — call Courtney Goodson and tell her to fight for Arkansans, not trial lawyers."
Courtney Goodson has announced the endorsement of the NRA in her race for Siupreme Court chief justice. The endorsement by a special interest group with intense interest in ongoing court cases raises many questions, even as it adds a proven vote-getter to Goodson's side of the ledger.
GLO Airlines, the regional air carrier based in New Orleans, announced today that it would begin seasonal service between Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. Service will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday from March 25 through Sept. 5.
The Judicial Crisis Network isn't limiting itself to TV. A reader passes along this mailer from the dark money organization, which takes the same line of attack as the broadcast advertisement: Goodson is an "insider" beholden to rich special interest groups.