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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Nasty weather on the way

  • A massive storm system is developing across the Midwestern United States that is expected to push across the entire Mississippi Valley region tonight, bringing locally heavy rainfall and damaging winds that may also produce straight line gusts or outbreaks of tornadoes across much of the state, the National Weather Service said today.
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  • A massive storm system is developing across the Midwestern United States that is expected to push across the entire Mississippi Valley region tonight, bringing locally heavy rainfall and damaging winds that may also produce straight line gusts or outbreaks of tornadoes across much of the state, the National Weather Service said today. “Where it is in place west of Arkansas, it looks like it is moving northeast,” Shreveport, La., NWS Meteorologist Jason Hansford said. “It's got a line of showers right now; so, it's going to be more of a late-afternoon, evening event for you guys.” Hansford said the storm system was most likely to reach its peak across Southwest Arkansas, including Hempstead County, between 7-10 p.m. tonight. “There is enough sheer already in place that there could be the possibility of tornadoes,” he said. Hansford said the associated weather system will likely develop a squall line of storms which the NWS forecast said will stretch across much of Arkansas, far Northeast Texas, Northern Louisiana, Southeast Missouri, and Northwest Mississippi, possibly affecting Western Tennessee. “Thunderstorms are forecast to merge into a line with the threat of damaging winds and possible tornadoes continuing into Arkansas and Louisiana through the evening,” the NWS forecast stated. “With an atmosphere rich in moisture, storms will likely produce locally heavy rainfall.” Unseasonably high temperatures along with extreme humidity have combined to provide the launching pad for the storms. “The worst should clear your area just before midnight,” Hansford said. “The cold front will come through about daybreak. Once the front moves through, it will be pretty gusty, again, but it will be much cooler and the air will be a lot drier.” He said the prospects for straight line winds developed from the storm system were also significant. Hempstead County Emergency Management Coordinator Jessica Hardin said this morning that county residents should take precautions to remove loose debris or tree limbs from their yards to prevent them from becoming hazards. Hardin recommended that residents stay advised of weather conditions through use of weather radio, and to be aware of dead trees which might be felled by the storm.

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