Sunday evening storms passed through the River Valley causing damage in Yell, Pope and Conway counties.
The storms brought high winds, hail and heavy rain that caused many downed trees, numerous power outages and in a few places, hail. Entergy reported Monday morning April 13 that there were more than 125,000 customers without power in the state, but as of now, power has been restored.
As the storm system approached the River Valley on Sunday evening, the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the area that was quickly followed by several severe thunderstorm warnings.
Just after 6:30 p.m., a roof was blown off a poultry farm on State Highway 154 north of Danville and multiple trees were reported to be knocked down about four miles northeast of Danville in Yell County. At approximately 7 p.m. city personnel worked to clear J Street in Danville after trees fell and completely blocked the roadway.
Several Yell County Rural fire departments were also dispatched throughout the evening and night working to clear downed trees that were reported to be blocking streets and highways.
The high winds and heavy rain brought by Sunday night's storm left more than 250 big trees uprooted and down throughout Petit Jean State Park but official state that the campgrounds were hit the hardest by the storms.
State park officials also stated that areas of Cedar Falls Trail are under water, and other trails are impassable because of downed trees.
According to the National Weather Service Russellville received 1.35” of rain, Dardanelle received 1.25”, Clarksville 1.12” and Morrilton’s rainfall amount was 1.52”.
Temperatures dropped significantly following the storms and on Tuesday morning, snowfall was reported in the northwest part of the state.
According to meteorologists, it is possible for northern and western Arkansas to experience near freezing temperatures for a few hours Wednesday morning, April 15, however, many locations will remain just above freezing, with some frost developing given light winds and clear sky conditions.
The sun returns on Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures returning to near 70 by the end of the week.
The attached photos and following video show some of the damage caused by Sunday night’s storms.