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Severe Storms/Flash Flooding on May 5, 2022
 
As a storm system approached from the Plains, a warm front lifted into Arkansas from the Gulf Coast on 05/04/2022. Across the front, temperatures ranged from the lower 50s in northern sections of the state to the upper 80s in the south.
In the picture: As a storm system approached from the Plains, a warm front lifted into Arkansas from the Gulf Coast on 05/04/2022. Across the front, temperatures ranged from the lower 50s in northern sections of the state to the upper 80s in the south.
 

As May began, a storm system tracked from the Rockies into the central and southern Plains. As this happened, a warm front lifted northward from the Gulf Coast on the 4th. The front separated warm and moist conditions to its south from much cooler air farther north. An incoming system combined with vastly different air masses across a front created a very unstable situation, and a stormy scenario unfolded.

 

The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) and satellite showed intense thunderstorms from northeast Oklahoma into northwest Arkansas during the predawn hours of 05/05/2022.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) and satellite showed intense thunderstorms from northeast Oklahoma into northwest Arkansas during the predawn hours of 05/05/2022.
 

Showers and thunderstorms erupted during the overnight hours and early on the 5th, especially from southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri into eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. By 700 am CDT, four to more than five inches of rain dumped in Bentonville, Highfill, and Rogers (all in Benton County).

 

In the video: There was extensive flash flooding in Fayetteville (Washington County) early on 05/05/2022. The video is courtesy of Brian Emfinger via Twitter.
 

So much rain in a short time led to flash flooding. Highway 59 between Gravette and Sulphur Springs (both in Benton County) became impassible. Water submerged Highway 16 near Savoy (Washington County), and this stalled a vehicle. At least four feet of water covered Highway 59 north of Summers (Washington County), with a high water rescue reported west of town on Highway 62. Rising water forced the evacuation of homes and apartments in Fayetteville (Washington County).

Tragically, it appears a 28-year-old woman was swept downstream by a swollen Town Branch Creek in Fayetteville (Washington County). Her body was eventually found on the 13th.

 

There was major flooding along the Illinois River at Tahlequah, OK on May 5-6, 2022. The river crested at 27.53 feet, or about three feet shy of a record at the site.
In the picture: There was major flooding along the Illinois River at Tahlequah, OK on May 5-6, 2022. The river crested at 27.53 feet, or about three feet shy of a record at the site.
 

Meanwhile, the Illinois River shot up at Tahlequah, OK and Watts, OK. Both sites experienced Top 5 highest crests and major flooding. Water surrounded homes, and was up to roof level in some cases.

 

A tornado (rated EF2) destroyed a pole barn and mangled a transmission tower eight to nine miles south of Stuttgart (Arkansas County) on 05/05/2022.
Pole Barn Destroyed  |  Transmission Tower Mangled
In the pictures: A tornado (rated EF2) destroyed a pole barn and mangled a transmission tower eight to nine miles south of Stuttgart (Arkansas County) on 05/05/2022.
 
As the flood event wound down during the morning of the 5th, the focus shifted to the south. Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms popped up in the afternoon, with a tornado (rated EF2) spawned eight to nine miles south of Stuttgart (Arkansas County). A pole barn (that housed tractors) was completely destroyed, and a transmission tower was crumpled. The tower was hit by a large shipping container, which may have begun the demolition process. About fifteen minutes later, a storage building was blown apart by 80 to 90 mph damaging straight-line winds ten miles east-southeast of Stuttgart (Arkansas County). Pieces of the building were found four tenths of a mile away (to the east).

 

 

Severe weather and flash flood reports on 05/05/2022.
In the picture: Severe weather and flash flood reports on 05/05/2022.
 

Elsewhere, part of a roof was removed from a home at Lewisville (Lafayette County). A tree fell on a truck in DeWitt (Arkansas County). More trees were downed at Eudora (Chicot County). Quarter size hail was noted at Grady (Lincoln County), southwest of Lexa (Phillips County), and Saint Charles (Arkansas County).

 

Forty eight hour rainfall (shown in twenty four hour increments) through 700 am CDT on 05/06/2022. Precpitation amounts exceeded four inches in portions of northwest and southern Arkansas.
24-Hour Rain Through 700 am CDT (05/05)  |  24-Hour Rain Through 700 am CDT (05/06)
In the pictures: Forty eight hour rainfall (shown in twenty four hour increments) through 700 am CDT on 05/06/2022. Precpitation amounts exceeded four inches in portions of northwest and southern Arkansas.
 
Just over four inches of precipitation was measured at Grider Field east of Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), and there was street flooding in town. Water was over Highway 8 north of Fordyce (Dallas County) and Highway 276 south of Stuttgart (Arkansas County), and both highways were shut down. A motorist drove into water at Gurdon (Clark County), and had to be rescued.

 

Minor to moderate flooding occurred along portions of the Black, Cache, Ouachita, and lower White Rivers on 05/10/2022.
In the picture: Minor to moderate flooding occurred along portions of the Black, Cache, Ouachita, and lower White Rivers on 05/10/2022.
 

Tributaries remained elevated in southern and eastern Arkansas. Minor to moderate flooding continued along the Black, Cache, Ouachita, and lower White Rivers.

 

Storm Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on May 5, 2022 (in red).
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There were several reports of damaging winds, large hail, isolated tornadoes, and flash flooding on May 5th. For a look at the reports, click here.
 
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather and flash flooding in the Little Rock County Warning Area on May 5, 2022 (in red).