Rainy Conditions Continue Following Stormy Weekend

Thursday, June 5, 2014
The Rector and Piggott areas avoided the brunt of the damage from Thursday's storms, but local residents are reminded more severe weather remains in the forecast through Saturday.

A strong frontal system pushed through Northeast Arkansas last Thursday afternoon, dropping significant rainfall and prompting strong winds in excess of 80 miles per hour. Initial reports indicated there was widespread damage and at least two fatalities associated with the storm, although the Rector and Piggott areas escaped without incident.

Reports out of Black Rock, in Lawrence County, indicated a custodian at the high school was killed when a tree fell on her vehicle in the parking lot. And, a Jonesboro man died when a tree fell on his home.

Heavy wind damage was also noted in several locations, including the report of a trucking company destroyed in Trumann and debris from the incident causing damage to vehicles in the Country Mart parking lot in that city. Several semi-trucks were also overturned, and the storms are being blamed for a train derailment south of Jonesboro.

The bulk of the severe weather pushed east by mid-afternoon, but the chance of rain and more severe weather remained in the forecast for much of the region through the past weekend.

In the days since numerous storms and showers have rolled through by way of what meteorologists call "training" as systems line up like train cars along a frontal boundary.

Currently Clay County is under a Flash Flood Watch which is expected to remain in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Everyone is reminded all watches and warnings, and the current radar, may always be found here on cctimesdemocrat.com

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