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Severe Weather on September 21-23 2006 (Pg2)
 
The satellite showed storms erupting in northern Arkansas during the afternoon of 09/22/2006. True to form, scattered to numerous thunderstorms erupted near the Arkansas/Missouri border...with strong rotation in many of the storms.
In the picture: The satellite showed storms erupting in northern Arkansas during the afternoon of 09/22/2006.

 

In fact, 31 Tornado Warnings were issued for 10 counties in the Little Rock County Warning Area from 137 pm CDT to 1045 pm CDT on the 22nd. 
Severe weather reports on September 22, 2006.
In the picture: Severe weather reports on September 22, 2006. The graphic is courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK.

 

Fortunately, reports of damage were fairly isolated...and it appears that rotation remained aloft in most cases. Even so, there were five tornadoes confirmed by the National Weather Service. 

There was also very large hail, with baseball size hail or larger just south of Franklin (Izard County), near Brockwell (Izard County) and Ash Flat (Sharp County). Lightning also killed one person. A woman was struck by lightning while in a boat on the 22nd just outside of Prairie Grove (Washington County).   

 

Twenty four hour rainfall as of 7 am CDT on 09/23/2006.
In the pictures: Twenty four hour rainfall as of 7 am CDT on 09/23/2006.  Three day totals (09/22-09/24)
 
Thunderstorms continued forming over the same areas into the early morning hours of the 23rd. This led to excessive rainfall in some spots, with amounts over 6 inches reported. Corning (Clay County) received 7.52 inches of rain (twenty four hour amount as of 7 am CDT on the 23rd), with 7.35 inches at Hardy (Sharp County) and 5.10 inches at Salem (Fulton County). For three day totals, click here

Flash flooding occurred, with water rescues near Hardy (Sharp County). Some people in this area were in trees to avoid the high water. One person (a 55 year old man) at a local campground was swept away by the water and drowned. Near Williford (Sharp County), a young man (16 year old) drowned after his pickup truck was pushed off of the road by moving water. A nearby creek also overflowed, with water over U.S. Highway 63. At Salem (Fulton County), water covered most of the main roads around town...with major flooding at area campgrounds. 

Water made its way into area rivers, with flooding along portions of the Black, Cache, Spring and White Rivers.

 

Rain at Hardy (Sharp County)
Date/Time Amount
345 pm - 5 pm (09/22) 0.7"
5 pm - 9 pm (09/22) 0.7" (Total 1.4")
9 pm - 10 pm (09/22) 1.3" (Total 2.7")
10 pm (09/22) - 130 am (09/23) 1.0" (Total 3.7")
130 am - 3 am (09/23) 1.1" (Total 4.8")
3 am - 4 am (09/23) 0.8" (Total 5.6")
4 am - 5 am (09/23) 1.8" (Total 7.4")

 

Widespread showers and thunderstorms pushed to the east across Arkansas with a front on 09/23/2006.
Severe weather/heavy rain continued into the afternoon of the 23rd, with a front advancing across the state. The wind did not turn so much with height, with less shear overall (i.e. not as much concern for tornadoes). Even so, strong winds aloft over Arkansas created a fast storm movement...with spotty wind damage mainly in the southern and eastern counties.
In the picture: Widespread showers and thunderstorms pushed to the east across Arkansas with a front on 09/23/2006.

 

Survey Information/Photos
There were a total of six tornadoes counted during the event of September 21-23, 2006, with one tornado in western Arkansas on the 21st and five tornadoes in the northern counties on the 22nd.

Damage Photos and Survey Information

A tornado (center of picture) was caught on video about 8.5 miles south of Mammoth Spring (Fulton County) on 09/22/2006.
In the picture: A tornado (center of picture) was caught on video about 8.5 miles south of Mammoth Spring (Fulton County) on 09/22/2006. The video capture is courtesy of Denise Ludwig. Click to enlarge.

 

Flash flooding was also noted in areas close to where tornadoes were produced. In Sharp, Randolph and Lawrence Counties, flood waters caused damage in areas around Hardy (Sharp County), Williford (Sharp County), Elm Store (Randolph County) and Imboden (Lawrence County).

Flood Photos

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on September 21-23, 2006 (in red).
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There was widespread severe weather (including tornadoes) and flash flooding mainly in northern and western Arkansas on September 21st through the 23rd. For a look at some reports, click here.
In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on September 21-23, 2006 (in red).

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