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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Tornado Watch Number 59
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
950 PM CDT Thu Mar 19 2020
The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a
* Tornado Watch for portions of
Central and Northeast Arkansas
* Effective this Thursday night and Friday morning from 950 PM
until 400 AM CDT.
* Primary threats include...
A few tornadoes likely with a couple intense tornadoes possible
Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely
Scattered large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible
SUMMARY...A line of intense thunderstorms over central Arkansas will
track eastward across the watch area overnight. Extremely strong
wind fields will promote a risk of tornadoes and locally damaging
The tornado watch area is approximately along and 65 statute miles
east and west of a line from 35 miles south of Hot Springs AR to 35
miles west northwest of Owensboro KY. For a complete depiction of
the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS
REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
and possible warnings.
OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 56...WW 57...WW 58...
AVIATION...Tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
surface and aloft to 1.5 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind
gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 450. Mean
storm motion vector 24035.