It’s a horrible story out of Arkansas, and a reminder the dangers of flash flooding and the threat of night time severe weather– which causes more fatalities than daytime storms. That’s because people are either asleep, can’t see what’s going on, and aren’t tuned in to the latest weather information.
The National Weather Service office in Little Rock had a Flash Flood Watch up at 2pm on Thursday and the Flash Flood Warnings went out at 2am Friday morning. Many in the campground didn’t get the information in time.
By then, the disaster was already unfolding, and in any case, state officials said, the terrain and lack of cellphone service in the valleys made communications difficult.
The Little Rock NWS posted this meteorological explanation of the events that led up to the catastrophic flooding.
*posted by Andrew Freiden