One of the first tropical storms of the season is expected to impact Van Buren County by mid-week.
Per the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Gordon is at press time off Florida’s west coast and expected to make landfall at the Mississippi/Louisiana coast early Wednesday. After landfall the storm will continue west north-west as it dissipates, but should be bringing more rain and winds into the county later Thursday, although rainfall is expected throughout the week with slow-moving thunderstorms.
The service states that rainfall, will be possibly heavy at times, but the “… potential for any severe storms appears low at this time,” in its Monday evening forecast.
A recent heavy rain storm of over 5 inches in a two hour period last month led to the county beings assigned disaster area status, due to local flooding and related damage.
UPDATE Sept. 5
From the National Weather Service, Little Rock
"Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall late Tuesday night, and continues to track northwestward toward Arkansas.Heavy rainfall will begin Wednesday night as remnants of Gordon move into southeastern portions of the state. The heavy rainfall threat will transition into south central and western portions of the state through Thursday and early Friday. During the next five days, four to six inches of rain are expected, with locally higher amounts possible. Flash Flood Watches are in effect for portions of Arkansas beginning at 7 PM Tonight and continuing through at least 7 AM Friday. As always, we will continue to monitor and adjust the forecast as necessary. Remember that any deviations in the current forecast track could alter the rainfall forecast significantly. " UPDATE Sept. 6 From the National Weather Service, Little Rock "The threat for heavy rainfall will continue today and into the weekend as remnants of Gordon move northward. The threat will gradually transition from the southeast, to central, to northern portions of the state. During the next five days, three to five inches of rain are expected, with locally higher amounts expected. Flash Flood Watches continue for portions of Arkansas through at least 7 AM Friday. As always, we will continue to monitor and adjust the forecast as necessary. Remember that any deviations in the current forecast track could alter the rainfall forecast significantly."