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Union County under flash flood watch through Thursday morning

By By the News-Times staff
This article was published February 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Forecasters say heavy rainfall is expected over much of Arkansas, worsening flooding of area rivers and streams.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock says showers and thunderstorms are forecast for the state today, especially in central and southern Arkansas. Forecasters say between 2 and 4 inches of rain could fall on the area.

There is also a chance of severe weather in the area, although the main concern will be strong winds.

A flood watch has been issued through Thursday for all but northwestern and far northern counties in the state. Forecasters say additional rainfall will worsen an already serious high water situation and that flash flooding could occur.

In Union County, a flash flood watch has been issued from noon Tuesday through noon Thursday, with the National Weather Service estimating that between 2 and 3 inches of rain is possible in the El Dorado area. Heavy rainfall is expected through tonight, bringing “the potential for widespread flash flooding across the watch area,” according to the National Weather Service.

Because of the recent rain causing already saturated soils and swollen rivers, the weather service said there is an enhanced risk of flash flooding and reminded people that while driving, if someone encounters a flooded area, to “turn around, don’t drown.” According to climate reports from the National Weather Service, the El Dorado area has seen 10.55 inches of rain this month as of Monday, nearly 8 inches more than the area saw in February 2017.

Storms on Saturday produced heavy rain and two tornadoes, including one that resulted in a fatality in northeastern Arkansas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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