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Severe Weather/Heavy Rain on May 2, 2008 (Pg1)
 
The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a line of strong to severe thunderstorms building across northern and western Arkansas at 612 am CDT on 05/02/2008. Severe thunderstorms developed in the Plains during the evening of May 1st. Storms continued into the early morning hours of the 2nd, and shifted into Arkansas as dawn approached.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a line of strong to severe thunderstorms building across northern and western Arkansas at 612 am CDT on 05/02/2008.

 

A line of strong to severe storms pushed into northern and western sections of the state, with trees down at Harrison (Boone County), Jasper (Newton County) and near Summit (Marion County).

 

Ahead of the line, scattered supercells (storms with rotating updrafts) popped up, with tornadoes spawned. 
The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) indicated strong rotation, with a tornado spawned in portions of Conway and Van Buren Counties during the morning of 05/02/2008.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) indicated strong rotation, with a tornado spawned in portions of Conway and Van Buren Counties during the morning of 05/02/2008.

 

 

One tornado affected areas from around Birdtown (Conway County) to Damascus (Van Buren County) and Greers Ferry (Cleburne County). The tornado caused extensive structural damage, with Highway 65 closed for a time due to debris in the road.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a hook echo, with another tornado in southern Pulaski County during the morning of 05/02/2008. Another tornado affected areas south of Wrightsville near Hensley and Woodson (all in Pulaski County), with damage to houses and numerous trees downed.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) showed a hook echo, with another tornado in southern Pulaski County during the morning of 05/02/2008.

 

Together, the tornadoes claimed the lives of six people. A seventh death was reported in the Siloam Springs (Benton County) area due to storms that moved through during the predawn hours. Storms claimed the lives of at least seven people in Arkansas on 05/02/2008.
In the picture: Storms claimed the lives of at least seven people in Arkansas on 05/02/2008.

 

Other tornadoes were spawned at Carlisle (Lonoke County) and south of Sheridan (Grant County) near the Cross Roads community. At Carlisle (Lonoke County), trucks were overturned...with Interstate 40 shut down temporarily.

 

More Information
 
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