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Four States Area under tornado watch until 6 p.m., flash flood watch through midnight

Four States Area under tornado watch until 6 p.m., flash flood watch through midnight

February 24th, 2018 by Gazette Staff in Texarkana Region

Most of the Four States Area is under tornado watch until 6 p.m. today, according to a National Weather Service alert.

Counties and parishes included are:

ARKANSAS

Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Sevier and Union

LOUISIANA

Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne and Webster

OKLAHOMA

McCurtain

TEXAS

Bowie, Camp, Cass, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Red River, Smith, Titus, Upshur and Wood

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Cities in this area include Ashdown, Atlanta, Big Sandy, Bogata, Bossier City, Bradley, Broken Bow, Clarksville, Daingerfield, De Queen, Dierks, El Dorado, Gilmer, Hawkins, Haynesville, Homer, Hope, Hughes Springs, Idabel, Jefferson, Lewisville, Linden, Lone Star, Longview, Magnolia, Marshall, Minden, Mineola, Mineral Springs, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Naples, Nashville, Omaha, Pittsburg, Prescott, Queen City, Quitman, Shreveport, Springhill, Stamps, Texarkana, Tyler, and Winnsboro.

A flash flood watch remains in effect until midnight for the same areas. The National Weather Service alert states residents can expect periods of moderate to heavy rainfall with storms repeatedly moving over the same areas that recently received nearly 4-8 inches of rain.

"Rapid water runoff due to the nearly saturated soils and high water levels for area rivers, creeks and bayous" can lead to flash flooding on roads and in low-lying and poor-drainage areas, the NWS alert warns.

Drivers are urged to turn around and find another route when approaching flooded areas.

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