Tracking The Tropics: Delta Downgraded to a Tropical Depression, Local Impacts Forecast

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11 AM Saturday Update – Delta has weakened moving farther inland and is now a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The tropical system is moving northeast at 16 mph.

Delta is forecast to continue its northeastern movement over the weekend, eventually making its way into Ohio early Monday morning. Local impacts to Arkansas will no longer be in the forecast after Saturday, though.

Far east and southeastern Arkansas have been the target areas for tropical storm force winds and heaviest rainfall, due to the track of Delta. In far southeastern Arkansas, there were some reports of trees down in Bradley and Drew counties, non-related to thunderstorm force winds.

More significant storm damage reports, acquired through the National Weather Service, came out of Union, Ashley and Chicot Counties.

In Union County, a tree fell on home on west side of Junction City. There was structural damage to the home and no injuries reported.

In Ashley County, more than 20 trees were downed, and the cities of Hamburg and Fountain Hill were without power as of 7:30 a.m.

Chicot County also saw downed trees and power lines downed throughout the county including the towns of Dermott, Eudora and Lake Village.

In far southeastern Arkansas, tropical storm force winds were reported – that’s anything higher than 38 mph. Most locations in Arkansas, however, won’t experience winds so strong throughout the remainder of the day.

Gusts could range from 10-20 in West Arkansas, 25-35 in Central Arkansas and 35-45 in East Arkansas. The wind will die down in speed around dinnertime.

Due to the forecasted strong winds, a wind advisory remains in effect for parts of east, central and south Arkansas until later this evening.

As forecast, 2-3 inches of rain have fallen in east and southeast Arkansas. As of 11 a.m., about a half inch of rain has fallen in parts of central Arkansas. Much of central Arkansas won’t see those numbers rise much higher as the rainfall for the rest of the day will really be limited to the far east and southeast parts of the state.

It’s possible that an additional 1-3 inches of rain falls in east, southeast Arkansas. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect throughout the day. Rainfall comes to an end this evening.

While Delta’s winds will be rapidly decreasing after landfall, a few gusts of 25-35 mph will be possible with isolated higher gusts to 50 mph possible mainly over far southeast Arkansas.

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