Extreme Winds July 21st. Why It Happened
As I write this, more than 20 thousand are still without power because a severe thunderstorm moved across the Little Rock metro around 3AM Saturday. At the peak, there were more than 60 thousand Entergy customers without electricity. Many of you are getting power back now and probably wondering what happened.
It was not a tornado. It was severe thunderstorm straight line winds estimated from 80 to 90 mph over a large area. In some ways, it can do more damage than a weak tornado and over a larger area. This is just another example why we always encourage you to take severe thunderstorm warnings seriously.
1. Have a way to receive warnings Whether that's WeatherCall 7 or NOAA weather radio.
2. Know when a watch is in effect and have a plan
3. When a severe thunderstorm warning is issued for your area, stay inside and away from windows.
4. If a tornado warning is issued - go to the lowest level, put as many walls between you and the outside, and make sure that room has no windows. It's also important to have something available to protect your head.
Below are videos and graphics explaining what exactly happened Saturday morning.