NORTHERN ARKANSAS (KY3) – Multiple severe weather patterns hit multiple counties Friday night in northern Arkansas.
The forecast calls for hail, damaging winds and thunderstorms. Tornado warnings were issued around 7 p.m. for some counties in northern Arkansas.
Amid severe storms on Friday, the National Weather Service confirmed significant and extremely dangerous movement between Sharp, Randolph and Lawrence counties.
A Cherokee Village viewer told sister station Gray-TV that the front of his house was missing, cars were crushed and there was softball-sized hail. The National Weather Service confirms that some cars rolled over in Lawrence County, Arkansas, just east of the KY3 viewing area.
While reviewing the damage, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for many northeast Arkansas counties until midnight. During a watch, atmospheric conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado, but a tornado has not yet been sighted or reported by weather radar.
In the event of an upgrade to a tornado warning, a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar and there is imminent danger to life and property. If you are in the area of a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately.
Tornado warnings issued in the following counties earlier Friday expired at 8:30 p.m.:
- Baxter, AR
- Fulton, AR
- Jackson, AR
- Lawrence, AR
- Randolph, AR
- Sharp, RA
KY3 viewer Rachel Wright shared this video of the moving clouds ahead of the tornado-warned storm.
The KY3 First Alert Weather Team is monitoring the potential for severe weather through Friday evening. Rain, hail and high winds are also likely throughout the night. Stay ahead of changing weather on the go with the KY3 First Alert Weather app.
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