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PETA: Safeguard your pet during severe weather

PETA: Safeguard your pet during severe weather

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As weather forecasters warn Arkansas residents to brace for even more severe thunderstorms, flooding, and possible tornadoes this week, PETA is offering important advice for ensuring the safety of companion animals should residents experience major storm damage or flooding and be forced to evacuate. Please alert your audience to the following information, which could help save the lives of cats, dogs, birds, and other companion animals who need to be included in tornado and other disaster preparation plans:

  • If a tornado is expected in your area and you evacuate, never leave your animals behind. If the tornado is a threat to you, it's a threat to them. If you seek safety within your residence, be sure to include all your animals. If the storm causes flooding, never leave your animals outdoors, tied up, or confined in any way, as they will be trapped and unable to flee rising waters.
  • Know your destination ahead of time.

Severe weather update

Severe weather update

More than 72,000 people are without power in the affected areas, according to Entergy. Crews are dealing with power issues, damaged homes and downed trees at this time.

Stay with Today's THV, THV2, www.todaysthv.com and 94.1 FM for updates on severe weather.

3 tornadoes reported in Arkansas, no injuries

3 tornadoes reported in Arkansas, no injuries

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The National Weather Service in Little Rock says spotters have reported three possible tornadoes in Arkansas as a strong storm system moved through the state.

No serious injuries have been reported as of Wednesday morning.
The twisters were reported in Lonoke, Craighead and Mississippi counties. Weather service investigators will go to those areas Wednesday to confirm whether or not a tornado occurred.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management reports an outbuilding was blown off its foundation in Independence County.
Entergy Arkansas reports nearly 29,000 power outages across the state with about 4,600 outages in Mississippi County, 4,500 in Pope County and about 4,200 in Pulaski County.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

No injuries as storms batter nation's midsection

No injuries as storms batter nation's midsection

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Severe storms have battered part of the nation's midsection, toppling trees onto homes in Arkansas and blowing rail cars off of tracks in Illinois.

But unlike the storms that killed at least 46 people in six states less than a week ago, there weren't any immediate reports of injuries Tuesday.

In Garland County, Ark., a tree crashed into an occupied home, but officials say the family escaped unharmed.

In Missouri, the Pike County Sheriff's Department said three tornadoes were spotted in a 45-minute period. Some homes and bars were damaged. Tornadoes were also reported near St. Louis, and the city's Lambert Airport was closed for a time.

In Illinois, the National Weather Service reported that high winds managed to blow some rail cars off the tracks in Taylorsville.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Severe Weather Update

Severe Weather Update

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Several severe thunderstorms are moving across the state with funnel clouds being spotted in the southwest Little Rock area. Chief Meteorologist Ed Buckner advises Lonoke and Jefferson county residents to take cover at this time. Hail has been spotted in White, Yell and Polk counties. Rotation for northern Saline and western Pulaski county has been spotted.

You can track the storm on our LiveView Radar. Stay with Today's THV, THV2.com, and 94.1 FM for the latest updates on this round of storms.

National Weather Service working to keep you informed

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Tracking weather updates and information is easier with the advancement of technology. But when there is a threat for severe weather, the National Weather Service increases their work load to get the word to out to Arkansans.

"We are in pretty much close to peak severe weather season here in Arkansas," says Chris Buonanno, Science and Operations Officer with the National Weather Service.

Buonanno says preparation is key when severe weather strikes.

"One of our forecasters is preparing a multi-media briefing that will be available on our website. We're expecting a lot more folks here during the late afternoon and evening hours when we're expecting the peak of the severe weather," Buonanno adds.

Track outages in your area

Track outages in your area

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- With severe weather sweeping across south Arkansas, power outages are to be expected. As of this writing, more than 2,260 Clark County residents and 5,330 Jefferson County residents are without power.

You can track power outages on Entergy's website. For updates on the severe weather situation, stay with Today's THV and www.todaysthv.com.