- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The latest on severe weather that’s in Arkansas’ forecast on Wednesday (all times local):

11 a.m.

A spokesman for the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock say there’s been minimal issues with flights as a severe thunderstorm moves through the area.

Spokesman Shane Carter said as of 11 a.m. Wednesday one flight heading to Charlotte, North Carolina, had been cancelled and flights heading to Baltimore and Denver had been delayed.

Carter says most flights have been leaving as scheduled, but travelers heading to larger hubs such as Chicago, Atlanta and Charlotte should monitor the weather and check with their airlines for delays or cancellations throughout the day.


9:40 a.m.

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office says one person was killed when a tree fell on a home north of Atkins.

No other details have been released, but sheriff’s office assistant Ramona Woods says the death is storm-related.

The Pope County Office of Emergency Management says trees and power lines are downed throughout the county. Residents are urged to stay off the roads as cleanup continues.

Atkins is about 65 miles northwest of Little Rock.


8:55 a.m.

Reports of minor damage are trickling in from a storm system that’s predicted to bring heavy rain, powerful winds and the risk of tornadoes to Arkansas.

The Storm Prediction Center says downed trees and power lines were reported in Pope and Yell counties in western Arkansas and in Searcy and Van Buren counties in northern Arkansas.

No injuries have been reported.

Entergy Arkansas says power outages have increased to more than 3,500, with half of them occurring in Pope County.


8:30 a.m.

Entergy Arkansas says about 2,600 homes and businesses are without electricity because of severe storms crossing the state.

The utility says nearly half of those outages are in Pope County, while Yell County has an additional 770 outages. The storms were just approaching the Little Rock metropolitan area at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Entergy says power may not be restored to some affected areas until midnight.


7:10 a.m.

The Storm Prediction Center is increasing the tornado risk for parts of eastern Arkansas.

Forecasters on Wednesday say parts of eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee are at a moderate risk for severe weather. That’s the second-highest risk category from the Storm Prediction Center, which is based in Norman, Oklahoma.

The moderate risk area also includes extreme western Kentucky, extreme southeastern Missouri and extreme southern Illinois.

Forecasters say “multiple tornadic supercells” are possible in the risk area Wednesday.

A handful of tornado warnings have been issued Wednesday morning in Arkansas as the leading edge of the storms moves through the state. No damage has been reported.


6:40 a.m.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries after a tornado warning expired in two northern Arkansas counties.

The warning for Van Buren and Searcy counties expired early Wednesday but a new warning was issued for Baxter, Fulton, Izard and Stone counties in northern Arkansas. That warning expires at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located about 11 miles west of Mountain View at about 6:30 a.m. The storms are speeding through the state, moving northeast at 55 mph.

Forecasters have also issued a tornado watch for nearly all of Arkansas until 1 p.m.


6:05 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for parts of Van Buren and Searcy counties in northern Arkansas.

Forecasters say a radar-confirmed tornado was located about 15 miles west of Clinton near the town of Dabney. The tornado was moving northeast at 45 mph.

The warning is in effect until 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The weather service says the tornado is expected to cause damage to mobile homes and the roofs and windows of other structures. Forecasters say the tornado will likely damage vehicles and trees as well.

The warned area is in the Ozark Mountains.

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