Wednesday, May 25, 2011

5 Weather Issues Going on in Helena Area

The National Weather Service has, this afternoon, issues five (5) weather statements that impact Helena-West Helena and Phillips County, Arkansas.

The details are listed below. However, the five simultaneous weather concerns are:
Tornado Watch through 10:00 p.m.;
Flood Warning for Mississippi River until further notice;
Wind Advisory;
Short Term Weather Forecast (Thunder Storms); and
Hazardous Weather Outlook.

Citizens are encouraged to use extreme caution!



Tornado Watch

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 371
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1230 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2011

TORNADO WATCH 371 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDT FOR THE
 FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

ARC001-005-021-023-029-031-035-037-045-049-053-055-063-065-067-
069-075-077-085-089-093-095-105-107-111-117-119-121-123-125-129-
135-137-141-145-147-260300-
/O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0371.110525T1730Z-110526T0300Z/

AR
.    ARKANSAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ARKANSAS             BAXTER              CLAY
CLEBURNE             CONWAY              CRAIGHEAD
CRITTENDEN           CROSS               FAULKNER
FULTON               GRANT               GREENE
INDEPENDENCE         IZARD               JACKSON
JEFFERSON            LAWRENCE            LEE
LONOKE               MARION              MISSISSIPPI
MONROE               PERRY               PHILLIPS
POINSETT             PRAIRIE             PULASKI
RANDOLPH             SALINE              SEARCY
SHARP                ST. FRANCIS         STONE
VAN BUREN            WHITE               WOODRUFF
$$




Flood Warning

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
138 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2011

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THE NEXT RIVER STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED TONIGHT OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS
WARRANT.

FOR GRAPHICAL RIVER AND FLOOD INFORMATION...PLEASE GO TO
WWW.WEATHER.GOV AND CLICK NEAR MEMPHIS ON THE MAP. THEN SELECT RIVERS
AND LAKES AHPS UNDER CURRENT CONDITIONS.

DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS...TURN AROUND DON`T DROWN.

STAY TUNED TO YOUR WEATHER RADIO AND YOUR LOCAL NEWS MEDIA FOR THE
LATEST RIVER INFORMATION.

&&

ARC077-107-MSC027-143-261837-
/O.CON.KMEG.FL.W.0042.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/HEEA4.3.ER.110428T1108Z.110512T0600Z.000000T0000Z.NO/
138 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2011

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
  THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT HELENA
* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 1 PM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 48.6 FEET AND SLOWLY FALLING.
* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 44.0 FEET.
* DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS...TURN AROUND DON`T DROWN.
$$





Wind Advisory

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
125 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2011

...STRONG GRADIENT WINDS EXPECTED ACROSS THE WESTERN HALF OF THE
MIDSOUTH THROUGH EARLY EVENING...

.A STRONG AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE ACROSS CENTRAL MISSOURI
THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. GUSTY SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS AHEAD
OF A TRAILING COLD FRONT ARE EXPECTED ACROSS AREAS ALONG AND WEST
OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER THROUGH EARLY EVENING.

ARZ008-009-017-018-026>028-035-036-048-049-058-MOZ113-115-MSZ001-
007-008-010>012-020-TNZ001-002-019-048-049-088-260000-
/O.CON.KMEG.WI.Y.0019.000000T0000Z-110526T0000Z/
RANDOLPH-CLAY-LAWRENCE-GREENE-CRAIGHEAD-POINSETT-MISSISSIPPI-
CROSS-CRITTENDEN-ST. FRANCIS-LEE AR-PHILLIPS-DUNKLIN-PEMISCOT-
DESOTO-TUNICA-TATE-COAHOMA-QUITMAN-PANOLA-TALLAHATCHIE-LAKE-OBION-
DYER-LAUDERDALE-TIPTON-SHELBY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WALNUT RIDGE...PARAGOULD...JONESBORO...
HARRISBURG...BLYTHEVILLE...WYNNE...WEST MEMPHIS...FORREST CITY...
HELENA...KENNETT...CARUTHERSVILLE...SOUTHAVEN...OLIVE BRANCH...
TUNICA...CLARKSDALE...BATESVILLE...UNION CITY...DYERSBURG...
COVINGTON...BARTLETT...GERMANTOWN...COLLIERVILLE...MEMPHIS...
MILLINGTON
125 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2011

...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING...

A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

* WINDS: SOUTH WINDS SUSTAINED BETWEEN 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS
  UP TO 40 MPH

* TIMING: THROUGH 7PM CDT

* IMPACTS: GUSTS OF 40 MPH OCCASIONALLY BRING DOWN LARGE LIMBS
  AND ROTTED TREES...WHICH CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY AND PROPERTY
  DAMAGE. VEHICLES TRAVELING IN EAST OR WEST DIRECTIONS WILL BE
  ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO STRONG CROSS WINDS DURING THIS TIME.
  WATER CONDITIONS ON LARGER LAKES AND RIVERS WILL BECOME VERY
  ROUGH AS WELL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 TO 39 MPH ARE
EXPECTED...OR GUSTS WILL RANGE BETWEEN 40 AND 57 MPH. WINDS THIS
STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE
VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

&&

$$






Short Term Forecast

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
107 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2011

ARZ008-009-017-018-026>028-035-036-048-049-058-MOZ113-115-MSZ001>014-
TNZ001>004-019>021-048>055-088>092-252100-
ALCORN-BENTON-CARROLL-CHESTER-CLAY-COAHOMA-CRAIGHEAD-CRITTENDEN-
CROCKETT-CROSS-DECATUR-DESOTO-DUNKLIN-DYER-FAYETTE-GIBSON-GREENE-
HARDEMAN-HARDIN-HAYWOOD-HENDERSON-HENRY-LAFAYETTE-LAKE-LAUDERDALE-
LAWRENCE-LEE(AR)-MADISON-MARSHALL-MCNAIRY-MISSISSIPPI-OBION-PANOLA-
PEMISCOT-PHILLIPS-POINSETT-PRENTISS-QUITMAN-RANDOLPH-SHELBY-
ST. FRANCIS-TATE-TIPPAH-TIPTON-TISHOMINGO-TUNICA-UNION-WEAKLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BLYTHEVILLE...CLARKSDALE...CORINTH...
DYERSBURG...HUMBOLDT...JACKSON...JONESBORO...KENNETT...MEMPHIS...
OXFORD...WEST MEMPHIS
107 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2011

.NOW...
THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS WESTERN AND CENTRAL ARKANSAS
THIS AFTERNOON. THIS ACTIVITY WILL SPREAD EAST TO AREAS WEST OF THE
MISSISSIPPI RIVER THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON. THE STORMS WILL
INCREASE IN COVERAGE ALONG AND EAST OF THE RIVER FROM LATE AFTERNOON
INTO THE EVENING. ANY THUNDERSTORM COULD BECOME SEVERE QUICKLY WITH
LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS...AND TORNADOES.

$$





Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
1246 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2011

ARZ008-009-017-018-026>028-035-036-048-049-058-MOZ113-115-
MSZ001>017-020>024-TNZ001>004-019>021-048>055-088>092-261200-
ALCORN-BENTON MS-CALHOUN-CARROLL-CHESTER-CHICKASAW-CLAY-COAHOMA-
CRAIGHEAD-CRITTENDEN-CROCKETT-CROSS-DESOTO-DECATUR-DUNKLIN-DYER-
FAYETTE-GIBSON-GREENE-HARDEMAN-HARDIN-HAYWOOD-HENDERSON-HENRY-
ITAWAMBA-LAFAYETTE-LAKE-LAUDERDALE-LAWRENCE-LEE AR-LEE MS-MADISON-
MARSHALL-MCNAIRY-MISSISSIPPI-MONROE-OBION-PANOLA-PEMISCOT-
PHILLIPS-POINSETT-PONTOTOC-PRENTISS-QUITMAN-RANDOLPH-SHELBY-
ST. FRANCIS-TALLAHATCHIE-TATE-TIPPAH-TIPTON-TISHOMINGO-TUNICA-
UNION-WEAKLEY-YALOBUSHA-
1246 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2011

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF EAST ARKANSAS...
THE MISSOURI BOOTHEEL...NORTH MISSISSIPPI...AND WEST TENNESSEE.

.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT

A SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK IS EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE
MID SOUTH THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT. THERE IS A HIGH RISK FOR
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT ACROSS EAST AND
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS...THE MISSOURI BOOTHEEL...AND MOST OF WEST
TENNESSEE...ESPECIALLY ALONG AND WEST OF A LINE FROM SOMERVILLE TO
DECATURVILLE TENNESSEE. A MODERATE RISK FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
EXISTS ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE MID SOUTH.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO QUICKLY DEVELOP ACROSS THE
LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND QUICKLY MOVE EAST TO NORTHEAST ACROSS
THE MID SOUTH. LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS...AND
TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE WITH ANY THUNDERSTORMS THAT BECOME SEVERE.
SOME OF THESE TORNADOES MAY ALSO HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME STRONG
AND LONG TRACK TORNADOES. ALONG WITH THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
THREAT...LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING FROM HEAVY RAINFALL IS ALSO
POSSIBLE WITH THE THUNDERSTORMS.

STRONG GRADIENT WINDS WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WESTERN
HALF OF THE MIDSOUTH THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. A WIND
ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT.

MODERATE RIVER FLOODING WILL CONTINUE ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
NEAR OSCEOLA...AND ALONG THE ST FRANCIS RIVER SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 40.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

THERE WILL BE A CONTINUED THREAT FOR A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
WITH DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...AND ISOLATED TORNADOES ON
THURSDAY MAINLY ACROSS NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI.

THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WILL REMAIN ABOVE FLOOD STAGE THROUGH MOST
OF THIS WEEK...WHICH WILL CONTRIBUTE TO BACKWATER TRIBUTARY FLOODING.


.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS REQUESTED THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.

$$

KRM/CJC

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