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The Impacts of Rita (Page 2 of 2)

A counter-clockwise circulation around Rita produced strong easterly winds during the evening hours of the 24th/early on the 25th. Gusts over 50 mph were reported across the southeast half of Arkansas, with power outages at more than 60,000 households. Some tree and power line damage was reported as well. Below are some wind gusts and when they occurred.

Site Gust (mph) Time (CDT)/Date
Texarkana (Miller Co.) 52 420 pm/24th
El Dorado (Union Co.) 46 107 pm/24th 
Hot Springs (Garland Co.) 45 805 pm/24th 
Little Rock (Pulaski Co.) 45 1014 pm/24th 
West Memphis (Crittenden Co.) 44 526 am/25th
Pine Bluff (Jefferson Co.) 43 731 pm/24th 
Blytheville (Mississippi Co.) 40 907 am/25th 
Jonesboro (Craighead Co.) 40 618 am/25th
Monticello (Drew Co.) 40 1214 am/25th 
Russellville (Pope Co.) 40 958 pm/24th
Fayetteville (Washington Co.) 36 256 am/25th
DeQueen (Sevier Co.) 33 319 pm/24th
Fort Smith (Sebastian Co.) 33 1141 pm/24th
Harrison (Boone Co.) 33 217 am/25th
Mountain Home (Baxter Co.) 30 359 am/25th


Where severe weather (isolated tornadoes) is expected with Rita. As far as severe weather, there is usually a risk of isolated tornadoes with hurricanes...and Rita was no exception. During the afternoon of the 24th, several Tornado Warnings were issued for counties in central and southern Arkansas.
In the picture: A severe weather forecast for the 24th/25th (through the Storm Prediction Center). By daybreak on the 25th, the threat for severe weather had diminished in Arkansas except for areas along the Mississippi River.  


Eleven tornadoes have been confirmed in central and southeast Arkansas. For more on the severe weather, including survey here. An F2 tornado was spawned about 3 miles northwest of Bevis Corners (Lonoke County) on 09/24/2005.
In the picture: An F2 tornado was spawned about 3 miles northwest of Bevis Corners (Lonoke County) on 09/24/2005...with a mobile home destroyed. Click to enlarge. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.