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Laura to bring threat of heavy rain, wind, and flash flooding to area on Thursday

Flash flooding could be a problem for this area of the state tomorrow and Friday as the remnants of Hurricane Laura are expected to storm through the region.

As of this posting, Laura has been upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane, and at that stage, some experts believe the storm’s effect will be devastating when it hits the Texas-Louisiana coast.

Tabatha Clark, a meteorologist and hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Little Rock, told White River Now’s Gary Bridgman Wednesday afternoon that Laura will likely be downgraded to a depression when it arrives in north central Arkansas.

The Batesville area will see heavy rain for a 24-hour period from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon. Clark says 4 to 6 inches of rain is currently forecast for the area with wind gusts from 20 to 25 m.p.h. With the area needing precipitation, the ground is currently very dry and hard, which could present a threat for flash floods due to runoff.

With current models, Clark says Laura should push off to the northeast on Friday morning.

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