Another round of storms triggers tornado warnings in Arkansas

Cloud lowering (Photo courtesy Dee Lawrence)

Tornado warnings were issued shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday as another round of storms fired up in Arkansas.

Tornado sirens sounded in several towns southeast of the metro area.

Just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, more than 14,000 Entergy customers were reported to be without electricity.

The National Weather Service has not confirmed any tornado touchdowns.

Flooding has been reported in some areas of the state, washing out roads and even causing some to buckle.

Several tornado warnings were issued earlier Wednesday morning as well.

Reports of damage have come in from Pope and Yell Counties. The Russellville Police Department reported trees and power lines down across the city. The Pope County Office of Emergency Management also reported trees and power lines down.

The Yell County Office of Emergency Management reports significant damage in the Plainview area, with trees fallen on homes, a storefront blown out, and damage to a gas station canopy. Downtown Plainview has the most damage from what is being reported. Several fire department companies are out working to clear roads.

Entergy Arkansas reported more than 12,600 power outages, with the majority in Pope County (4,300), Pulaski County (3,300), and Yell County (3,900).

For the remainder of Wednesday afternoon, much of the state is still under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. and the KATV Weather Team continues to keep an eye on more storms developing.

Most of the severe weather should move east of the Mississippi River by 7 p.m.

Another threat for heavy rain and storms will arrive late Friday into the weekend. Severe weather will be possible and significant flooding could become an issue as well with more than 6'' of rain expected in spots.

Stay tuned to Channel 7 News,, and on social media for the latest information on any storms that develop. Be sure to follow KATV News on Twitter for instant watches and warnings.

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