Temperatures in the eighties plus high humidity levels fueled a series of severe storms and tornadoes across Arkansas Thursday evening.
Disaster Teams from the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas provided emergency care to families in the western counties of Montgomery and Garland Counties and Clark County to the east off Interstate-40 South. Five homes in rural areas of the counties were destroyed with seven additional homes receiving damage.
8 persons in the affected homes in Clark and Montgomery Counties suffered storm related injuries.
Flash flood producing storms continue to pound the state with more than a dozen tornadoes reported in various areas across the state. Water rescues in several counties continue as rising waters wash away bridges and cut off neighborhoods. The National Guard is assisting with water rescues in Scott County.
Damage assessment and needed disaster care will continue today as reports of damage is confirmed from counties across much of the western half of Arkansas.
Two weather related fatalities have occurred. Two persons in Rogers were struck by lightning. They are being treated for injuries.
Arkansans are urged to continue to monitor weather conditions as another round of severe storms are forecast tonight and tomorrow.
With threat of severe weather through the weekend, Arkansans are urged to stay tuned to local weather and to download the American Red Cross tornado app for tips and weather alerts. The app can be received by calling **REDCROSS to receive a text link to download the app.