LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas was in the bull's-eye of the first round of severe storms Monday.
There were six reports of tornadoes, including at least one twister that was confirmed by the weather observer at Little Rock Air Force Base, which triggered the National Weather Service to issue a rare Tornado Emergency.
An extraordinary video of a tornado was also captured in the town of Bloomer.
These storms also dropped very large hail, which went plunging into a pool in Benton. It almost looks like someone dumped a bucket of golf balls off the rooftop.
A hailstone of 4.5 inches in diameter, the size of a softball, was reported Monday evening in New Blaine, which was the largest hail in the state since May 4, 2020, according to the Storm Events Database compiled by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information.
Here's a photo of a baseball-sized hailstone that fell near Charleston.
The hail also fell in the River Valley.
Flash flooding was also a major issue. Check out how high the water was in Paragould. FOX Weather urges you not to drive through conditions like this. A foot of water will float many vehicles, not to mention severely damage your car.
Another multiday severe weather outbreak – the fourth in four weeks – is targeting the Plains, Midwest and South, where thunderstorms will be capable of spawning several tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail.
Scattered severe thunderstorms are expected to fire up beginning late Tuesday afternoon and continuing through Tuesday night across a broad area from the Central and Southern Plains to the Mississippi Valley.
The greatest threat of severe weather will be in portions of west-central and north-central Iowa, where wind shear – the change in wind speed and/or direction with height – will be favorable for the development of supercells capable of EF-2 or stronger tornadoes and hail larger than 2 inches in diameter.