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Wednesday forecast 5/11

Partly to mostly cloudy skies and very warm and sticky conditions to persist over the next couple of days as a ridge of high pressure in the upper levels continues to control Arkansas' weather.

Some changes including rain and cooler air not far away as a system finally kicks out over the southern plains. A cold front will bring rain chances and cooler readings in time for the weekend. 

Wednesday: Partly to costly cloudy, High 86. Wind S 10-15. 20% Shower.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 40% T'Showers. High 85.

Update: Roads starting to reopen in Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Flood waters continue to rise all over central Arkansas, closing several roads and highways due to rising waters.

Some roads that were previously closed are starting to reopen.

After several days of Highway 67/167 being closed due to high water levels, there is some good news to report. Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says Hwy 67-167 from Main St in Jacksonville to I-440 is open, but one southbound lane is still closed.

Roadways that are open:

  • Crittenden Co: Hwy 131 Section 3A at log mile 1.99 at Edmondson has been re-opened.

  • Randolph Co: Hwy 90 Section 7A at log mile 1.49 at Eleven Point River has been re-opened.

Flooding continues Monday in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Rising flood waters and more rain continue to plague Arkansas.

Stephen Hawks with the Faulkner County Sheriff's Department says all the low-lying areas around Lake Conway are flooding. That's from Mayflower to south of Vilonia. It is not a mandatory evacuation but they are encouraging everyone who lives in those areas to pack up and get out.

The Faulkner County S.P.C.A. is need of supplies for their rescued animals. "Rescue pets are not being moved from the Don Owens Sports Complex. However, they are in need of dry bedding for the animals and cedar chips for horses. Also, the roof on the complex is damaged and tarps are needed."

Prairie County authorities have issued an evacuation notice for residents in the flood prone areas east of the White River in the Des Arc and Biscoe Areas. The roads in the area will soon be impassable due to flooding.

Watch the radar now!

Watch Livestream radar right here, right now to follow THV Chief Meteorologist Ed Buckner as he tracks storms developing across Arkansas.

For interactive radar, go to www.todaysthv.com.

PETA: Safeguard your pet during severe weather

PETA: Safeguard your pet during severe weather

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As weather forecasters warn Arkansas residents to brace for even more severe thunderstorms, flooding, and possible tornadoes this week, PETA is offering important advice for ensuring the safety of companion animals should residents experience major storm damage or flooding and be forced to evacuate. Please alert your audience to the following information, which could help save the lives of cats, dogs, birds, and other companion animals who need to be included in tornado and other disaster preparation plans:

  • If a tornado is expected in your area and you evacuate, never leave your animals behind. If the tornado is a threat to you, it's a threat to them. If you seek safety within your residence, be sure to include all your animals. If the storm causes flooding, never leave your animals outdoors, tied up, or confined in any way, as they will be trapped and unable to flee rising waters.
  • Know your destination ahead of time.

Severe weather update

Severe weather update

More than 72,000 people are without power in the affected areas, according to Entergy. Crews are dealing with power issues, damaged homes and downed trees at this time.

Stay with Today's THV, THV2, www.todaysthv.com and 94.1 FM for updates on severe weather.

Update: Utility company whittles Arkansas outages to 5,253

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Utility officials have whittled the number of customers without electricity following a round of severe weather in Arkansas to under 5,300.

According to Entergy Arkansas, 5,253 customers remained without power late Wednesday. About 44,000 customers were affected at one point.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock says a storm system spawned three possible tornadoes in Arkansas on Tuesday, causing property damage but no serious injuries.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says an outbuilding was blown off its foundation in Independence County.