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.
NOW, I get it. The group circulating petitions for a constitutional amendment to establish casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties reveals that the deal anticipates operation of the casino in Washington County by the Cherokee tribe that now has casino operations in Oklahoma.
It was just a little over a year ago when Baker Kurrus was hired as the superintendent of the Little Rock School District. With new Education Commissioner Johnny Key there was a strong concern that the Little Rock school system would be converted to all charter schools and the entire public education system would disappear.
The future of the old Highway 79 bridge at Clarendon is uncertain, but it's a good thing the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department didn't jump the gun on demolishing it.That's because the new bridge at Clarendon — or at least the western approach, which is elevated over U.S. Fish and Wildlife wetlands — is snakebit.
Paul Hewitt, the recently retired Fayetteville school superintendent, has an innovative idea: Turn all schools in a school district over to charter school management companies. No, he's not talking about Little Rock. He thinks the experiment should start on the home turf of the country's biggest backers of charter schools.