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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 10:36:00

As near-record flooding continues, Arkansas River to exceed levels seen this spring

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.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015 - 13:05:00

How high's the water, mama?

After last night's deluge, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office sends along photos of dramatic flooding out in the county, along with the ominous advice: "Please: Turn Around, Don't Drown."

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 15:47:00

How high's the water, mama?

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.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 18:02:00

Disaster area declared in 10 Arkansas counties hit by flooding and tornadoes

In addition to the two people killed in southwest Arkansas by last night's storms, heavy rains are wreaking havoc on a swath of counties in the Ozarks and the River Valley.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 09:22:00

Two dead in Howard County after severe storms

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.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 09:29:00

Baby it's cold outside, temperatures set records

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.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 16:02:00

Infant death increases tornado toll to 16

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.

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Monday, May 5, 2014 - 11:12:00

Meteorologist defends EF4 rating on Vilonia tornado

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.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 06:21:00

Damage assessments continue with death toll at 15

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.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 16:55:00

On the path of the tornado

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...

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 06:29:00

UPDATE: Arkansas death toll at 14 from Sunday night tornado; governor meets reporters

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.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 20:10:00

Strong tornado — State Police reporting heavy damage in Mayflower, Vilonia

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.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 06:32:00

Officials: Tsunami watch for Springdale in error

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.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:12:00

Beebe calls National Guard to help stranded travelers

Gov. Mike Beebe has called out the National Guard to help the State Police and others bring aid to motorists stranded on ice-covered stretches of Interstates 40 and 55 in Northeast Arkansas.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 09:05:00

The iceman stayeth

Arkansas Times photographer Brian Chilson writes that walking off his hill in Little Rock isn't possible, much less driving. He provides a current photo of five becalmed cars in his neighborhood.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 06:33:00

Iced in as election filing draws to a close

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.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 06:37:00

About that snow ….

Here's what the National Weather Service said about the disappearing snow forecast for Central Arkansas last night:

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 10:30:00

Two jump from I-30 bridge over Red River to avoid truck, one still missing

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.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 07:00:23

Snowfall creates Atlanta Jr. gridlock in Little Rock

Like a lot of people, I drove home around 5:30 p.m. Friday with a few snowflakes blowing downtown.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 06:27:00

Snow in the afternoon forecast

Here's an early morning reading on today's potential snow from Shara Brazear, spokesman for the North Little Rock School District:

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