Laura will continue to weaken as it crosses into Arkansas later today and overnight. However, this does not diminish the effects it could have on the state.
Tropical Storm-force winds will sweep across the region. With at times, gusts over 60mph. “Winds this strong could down trees and power lines, with power outages possible,” says the National Weather Service in Little Rock.
There is also a slight risk for tornadoes across most of the state. Tornadoes associated with hurricanes and tropical storms are often isolated and tend to be brief and weak.
“Even so, they can still cause damage,” the National Weather Service warns.
In addition, 4 to 6 inches of rainfall is forecast from Texarkana to just northeast of Little Rock.
With this rain coming down in just a short amount of time, flash flooding is likely.
“Flash flooding could be serious in places,” the Little Rock weather office said.