Gordon Says Goodbye to Arkansas


10 p.m. Friday Update

This is the final Tropical Depression Gordon update. At 9pm Gordon is centered in northwest Randolph county and is moving north at around 10mph and is transitioning to a post tropical storm system. Showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected for the next several hours before the activity begins to diminish. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for central, east central and northeast Arkansas through Saturday morning.

6 p.m. Friday Update

At 6pm, Tropical Depression Gordon was located between Fifty-Six and Optimus and is moving north at about 10mph. Showers and thunderstorms, some with very heavy rain, will continue over parts of central and northern Arkansas through early tonight. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for much of central and eastern Arkansas through Saturday morning.  

4 p.m. Friday Update

Bands of heavy rain to rotate around the area and still have the possibility of presenting some brief flash flooding. Some street flooding was noted earlier this afternoon as a wave of heavy rainfall set up momentarily over the Little Rock metro. An employee of KARK captured this video as they were making their way north on University from exiting I-630. Drainage could not keep up with the quick downpour. 

1:40 p.m. Friday Update

As we have been forecasting all week, flash flooding has been a concern. Since noon, we have been watching radar trends over the metro and noted showers training over the same area. Since these are efficient rain producers, heavy rainfall has already caused some minor street flooding with more possible this afternoon. That is why there is a flash flood warning in effect until 4 PM for portions of Pulaski, including Little Rock, Saline and Lonoke counties. 

1 p.m. Friday Update

Additional bands of rainfall have been noted as we move into the afternoon hours of this Friday. As Gordon makes a quicker move to the north and interacts with a stationary boundary this is helping generate what will be our most active (rainfall wise) time frame over the next 12 hours. If you are heading out to watch high school football tonight, make sure to pack some rain gear. Widely scattered showers activity is expected.

10 a.m. Friday Update

The center of circulation for Tropical Depression Gordon is now in North Central Arkansas between Searcy & Heber Springs.  It is moving north and should be out of Arkansas Saturday morning.  However, rain will continue Saturday as a cold front starts to move through.

A Flash Flood Watch is still in effect until 7 a.m. Saturday.

Rain totals up to 10 a.m. Friday

Rain totals today alone are topping 2″ in places of in SE AR.

8 a.m. Friday Update

Rain with heavy downpours at time will continue through South and Central AR. As Gordon moves north rain will start to pick up in North AR.

Here are rain totals from Thursday.

Here are rain totals up to 8 a.m. Friday.

6 a.m. Update:
Rain will continue through Friday with Tropical Depression Gordon currently located in southern Pulaski County/Northern Grant/SW Lonoke. 

The Flash Flood Watch is now through Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

8 p.m. update:

The center of Tropical Depression Gordon is located south of Sheridan along US167 and is wobbling WSW under 5mph.

Areas of moderate rain will continue around the circulation center and to the south and west through the overnight hours with a few bands of showers and isolated thunderstorms possible to the northeast.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Friday for southeast, central and northeast Arkansas for possible rainfall totals of 2-5.”

5:30 p.m. Update:

At 5:30pm, the center of Tropical Depression Gordon is located just south of Center Grove in Grant county and is moving west at 5mph.

Showers and isolated thunderstorms, some with heavy rain and gusty winds, will continue through tonight and Friday.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for much of central and eastern Arkansas for rainfall totals of 2-5″ with isolated higher amounts.

Although Gordon will move north of Arkansas by Saturday, tropical moisture will remain across the state and more showers and thunderstorms are expected ahead of a cold front over the weekend.

5 p.m. Update:

Just after 5 p.m., the center of Gordon was located just over Center Grove — just west of White Hall.

Chief Meteorologist Keith Monahan noted the threat of heavy rain remains for the majority of Central Arkansas.  However, the main threat has moved east.

The remnants of Gordon will continue to spin slowly over Arkansas for the next 48 hours. 

It’s still possible some areas of the state will receive 3-5″ of rain through the weekend.

2 p.m. Update:

Gordon is currently moving at a pace of 5 mph to the NNW. With such a slow movement, it’s path can wobble and be influenced by local features such as friction from land and elevation changes. Other weather features such as a ridge of high pressure to the east and a stalled out front to our north is influencing its movement. 

That why it is important to come back and check our updates to the forecast. One thing we’ve mentioned a few times is that a slight change in the track also changes where the highest axis of rainfall can be located. 

Overall, rainfall has been the primary concern with this event since the beginning of our coverage. That still holds true. 

What has changed some is the potential for higher rainfall amounts of 5″+ that were forecast earlier. There has been a noted weaker than expected trend with Gordon which has brought down those higher forecast totals. For now, a swath of 2 to 4 inches from south central Arkansas to north central Arkansas looks more likely. An isolated 4″+ cannot be ruled out. 

Check out the latest forecast video below for more: 

12 p.m. Update:

Tropical Depression Gordon took a little bit of a jog to the north instead of the west this morning.  That may dramatically change the rainfall forecast for much of the state.  At this time the Flash Flood Watch remains in effect.  We will need to keep monitoring the direction Gordon takes.

10 a.m. Update:

The NWS approximates the center of circulation for Tropical Depression Gordon to be in Arkansas County.  Upon our analysis it appears to be in lower Jefferson County.  But we’re just splitting hairs here.  It is slowly moving NNW at 5 mph and has a sustained maximum wind of just 5 mph.  Mist to light to moderate rain is falling from the system.

9 a.m. Update:

Tropical Depression Gordon is slowly moving through SEA.  It now appears it is centered just to the southeast of Pine Bluff near the Jefferson/Lincoln County line. Maximum sustained wind are probably around 20 mph–no big deal.  Rain is picking up in SEA and will be spreading into Central AR through the afternoon.

7 a.m. Update:

Tropical Depression Gordon will slowly bring heavier rain to South and Central Arkansas today.  Some heavy downpours will happen this afternoon.  The Flash Flash Flood Watch is now in effect in Central Arkansas.  3″ of rain or more is possible today in spots.

4 a.m. Thursday Update

The center of circulation for Tropical Depression Gordon in far SE Arkansas in Desha and Chicot counties.  As the circulation moves through SAR today rainfall intensity will increase.  A Flash Flood Watch is in place.

10 p.m. Wednesday Update: 

At 10pm, Tropical Depression Gordon was located just east of Eurdora, Arkansas and continues to move to the NW around 10mph. Although rainfall is limited to areas along the Mississippi River at this time, more widespread shower and thunderstorms are expected beginning mid to late morning Thursday into Friday. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for much of south central, central and west central Arkansas through Friday morning for possible rainfall amounts of 3-7″+.

7 p.m. Update: 

A few showers this evening as the circulation of Gordon moves toward Arkansas. The center of tropical depression Gordon will move into Southeast Arkansas late this evening. Showers will increase across Eastern and Southeast Arkansas late tonight with locally heavy rain. 

KARK’s Mitch McCoy met up with Gordon this evening in Mississippi.

3 p.m. Update: 

Tropical Depression Gordon continues to move northwest at 14 mph and is beginning to spread widely scattered showers/TStorms into Arkansas. The threat of heavy to excessive rain will increase late tonight and Thursday and Gordon moves across the state. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for a large part of southeast, central and west central Arkansas through Friday morning.

1 p.m. Update:

The center of circulation for Tropical Depression Gordon is about 20 miles WNW of Jackson at 1 p.m.  Rain is beginning to congregate around the center of circulation as Gordon starts a process of becoming post-tropical.  Flash Flood Watches still extend from SE AR into portions of Central and West AR.

11 a.m. Update:

At 11 a.m. Tropical Depression Gordon is centered NW of Jackson, MS.  The center of circulation may be in far SE Arkansas by 5 p.m. Wednesday.  It has maximum sustained winds of 30 mph, and the axis of heavy rain stretches from NE Mississippi back into western Alabama.  Parts of SE Arkansas are already under a Flash Flood Watch.  Central Arkansas will be under a Flash Flood Watch starting Thursday 7 a.m. 

9 AM Update:

At 9 a.m. Tropical Depression Gordon is centered near Jackson, MS with the heavy rain axis in Alabama.  

7 AM Update:

Just before 7 a.m., the National Hurricane Center downgraded Gordon to a tropical depression.  Maximum sustained winds are at 35 mph.  

The storm is currently over Central Mississippi.

5 AM Update:

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued that runs from Thursday morning to Friday morning for much of western, central, and southeast Arkansas as Gordon makes its way towards the state.  3-6″ is expected within the watch with some spots possibly getting more.

Heavy rainfall associated with the remnants of the tropical storm are expected to make it into the state later today and into Thursday.

Due to all the rainfall, the NWS expects some flash flooding.

Gordon made landfall late Tuesday as a tropical storm.

10 PM Update:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Tropical Storm Gordon has made landfall along the coast near the Alabama-Mississippi state line with 70mph winds.

Gradual weakening is forecast over the next couple of days as Gordon continues to move inland.

Although winds will decrease excessive rain is likely along its path through Mississippi, Alabama and into Arkansas beginning late Wednesday through the end of the week.

Rainfall amounts of 3-7″ with isolated higher totals are expected across southeast, south central into the Ouachitas.

The Little Rock Metro could expect 2-5″ with 1-3″ in northeast Arkansas.

7 PM Update:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Tropical Storm Gordon will make landfall during the next couple of hours along the Alabama and Mississippi coasts with maximum winds of 70mph, very heavy rain and up to a 6′ storm surge.

Although winds will diminish rapidly, excessive rainfall will be possible beginning late Wednesday for southeast Arkansas and for central, southwest and west central Arkansas on Thursday.

Rainfall total in Little Rock are expected to be in the 2-4″ range with over 6″ possible along Gordon’s track just to the south/west of Little Rock.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for late Wednesday through Thursday for the southeast quarter of Arkansas.

3 PM Update:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon will likely affect southern Arkansas by Wednesday evening.

A Flash Flood Watch for Arkansas, Bradley, Calhoun, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Ouachita counties goes into effect Wednesday evening and will remain in effect through 7 p.m. Thursday. 

Rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to approach southeast and south central sections of Arkansas by late Wednesday. Some of this rainfall will be heavy.

Three to five inches of rainfall will be common in the watch area. Periods of heavy rain will contribute to a flash flooding potential.

1 PM Update:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. —  Tropical Storm Gordon continues to aim for the Gulf Coast, with landfall expected along the Mississippi Gulf Coast Tuesday night. Gordon has maximum winds of 65 MPH as of 1 PM, but could reach hurricane strength before landfall. 

Voluntary evacuation orders were issued Monday for parts of Louisiana for residents in areas outside the levee protection system. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center said at 1 PM Central Time that the storm was centered 130 miles South Southeast of Mobile, AL with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. Gordon will weaken after landfall, but will continue to bring heavy rains through the Lower Mississippi Valley toward Arkansas. Heavy rains will begin to move into the Arkansas Wednesday night into Thursday. 

Coastal residents from Florida to Louisiana hustled to prepare for a deluge as Tropical Storm Gordon grew stronger on a path to hit the central U.S. Gulf Coast.

Boaters evacuated to safe harbors, motorists left barrier islands and homeowners looked over yards that could soon be submerged in seawater. A number of schools called off classes, people rushed to fill bags with sand and red no-swimming flags flew along the shore as waves kicked up from the approaching storm.

KARK Meteorologist Hayden Nix says high rainfall amounts are expected in Arkansas which could lead to flash flooding and local flooding

“The heaviest axis of rainfall is not set in stone just yet but could end up a tad more northeast from where it’s currently projected on the map above,” noted Nix.  “Due to the northwest movement and expected loss of strength of this storm before it makes it into Arkansas this keeps our severe weather threat low. A brief transient rotation cannot be ruled out but the higher threat will be excessive rainfall.”

A hurricane warning was put into effect for the mouth of the Pearl River in Mississippi to the Alabama-Florida border. The National Hurricane Center is predicting a “life-threatening” storm surge along parts of the central Gulf Coast, and as much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday as the tropical weather moves over the lower Mississippi Valley.

By Tuesday morning, the storm was centered 190 miles (305 kilometers) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, with top sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph), forecasters said. It was moving relatively quickly, at about 15 mph (25 kph).

A storm surge warning has been issued for the area stretching from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama. The warning means there is danger of life-threatening inundation. The region could see rising waters of 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 meters).

“The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves,” the center said.

In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency as well, and said state resources are being mobilized.

(Associated Press writers Ben Nadler in Atlanta and Rebecca Santana in New Orleans contributed to this report.)

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