Severe Storms Ravaged South, Central U.S. (with photos)
Severe weather affected much of the central United States Wednesday with damaging winds, large hail and flooding.
A line of severe thunderstorms developed ahead of a passing cold front causing significant damage from Texas to Illinois. Arkansas was one of the hardest hit states.
Storms dumped baseball size hail in Arkansas and hurricane force wind gusts in Illinois. According to Entergy, severe storms left around 20,000 customers without power across Arkansas, Louisiana and southeastern Texas Wednesday evening.
Numerous roadways were blocked across Arkansas Wednesday afternoon as strong storms toppled down trees and power lines. Officials expect delays to linger into Thursday morning as crews work to clear the roads of debris.
Flooding has been another concern across Arkansas and Missouri as severe storms dumped between two and four inches of rain. Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported numerous road wash outs from flash flooding.
Severe storms will push east with the cold front on Thursday but the intensity of the storms will not mimic those of Wednesday. Main concern with Thursday storms will be damaging wind gusts, large hail and an isolated tornado or two.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos