Wednesday storms cause damage, power outages in Arkansas - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Wednesday storms cause damage, power outages in Arkansas

Vilonia, AR (Source: codygoff5/KAIT) Vilonia, AR (Source: codygoff5/KAIT)
near Marked Tree, AR (Source: KAIT) near Marked Tree, AR (Source: KAIT)
(Source: Lisa Grady/KAIT) (Source: Lisa Grady/KAIT)
(KFVS) -

Powerful thunderstorms rolled through northeast Arkansas Wednesday night, toppling trees and leaving thousands without electricity.

Shortly after sundown, a line of storms developed in a moist, turbulent atmosphere and produced heavy rain and vivid lightning.

In Searcy, strong winds in excess of 50 mph blew a large tree onto a house.

Part of a roof was taken off an apartment complex.

Several trees were also brought down near Marked Tree.

Later that night along Highway 261-North near Forrest City, a tree was blown onto a car.

NWS meteorologists noted strong wind occurred well behind some thunderstorms and believe a "wake low" was to blame.

According to Entergy Arkansas, crews are working in the area to restore power to hundreds of homes and businesses.

Additionally, an estimated 3-5" of rain prompted flash flood warnings for parts of northeast Arkansas.

In Jonesboro, a daily record maximum rainfall of 3.34"was set.

This breaks the previous amount of 2.15" set back in 2009.

Forecasters predict a chance of more rain in the area late tonight.

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