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City of Little Rock has sandbags available for residents

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The City of Little Rock Public Works Department reports the availability of sand bags for pick up and use by the citizens of Little Rock.

"Sand bags are being filled for citizens with concerns of flooding due to the approaching tropical storm," said Assistant Public Works Director Jon Honeywell.

The sand bags will be filled and stocked at two locations within the City. One location is the City's Central Maintenance Facility located at 3313 J. E. Davis Drive and these sand bags will be available from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00p.m Thursday August 30th and Friday August 31st. A limited number of sandbags will also be available at the Central Fire Station at 7th Street and Chester Street from 3:00pm to 6:00p.m Thursday August 30th and 7:00am until 6:00pm Friday August 31st.

CDC tips for creating emergency supplies kit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If disaster strikes, you may not have access to necessities for a period of time.  By taking time out now to prepare emergency supplies, you can provide for your entire family.

Below is more from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:



Disaster Supplies Kit

A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items that could be needed in the event of a disaster.

Ozone alert issued for 4 central Arkansas counties

Ozone alert issued for 4 central Arkansas counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An ozone action advisory has been issued for four central Arkansas counties.

Metroplan, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Department of Health say Tuesday's ozone forecast is orange, which means that outdoor activities may be unsafe for some sensitive groups.

The alert is in place for Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski and Saline counties.

Active children and adults should limit prolonged outdoor exertion, as should people suffering from respiratory diseases. Officials say symptoms of ozone exposure may include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, headaches, nausea and eye and throat irritation.

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Exceptional drought now covers one-third of Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A third of Arkansas is covered by "exceptional drought," the most intense category of dryness, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor map issued Thursday.

Exceptional drought covered 33.64 of the state, up from last week's 11 percent. Much of the area expanded from the Arkansas River Valley in to north-central and through the Ouachita mountains into southwest Arkansas, including all of Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Pope, Perry, Newton, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren, and White counties and parts of Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Clark, Grant, Hot Spring, Howard, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Johnson, Logan, Lonoke, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Prairie, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Saline, Sevier, Woodruff and Yell counties. In far northeastern Arkansas, most of Clay and parts of Greene counties were also added to the exceptional drought category.

Memorial Day forecast

High pressure continues to keep us sunny and warm for Memorial Day.  Isolated t-storm chance less than 10% with the heating of the day.    Sunscreen, lots of water, and frequent breaks if you're going to be outdoors. 

Relief on the way by mid-week: both rain and cooler temperatures.  Best chance looks like Wednesday night and into Thursday.

Monday:  Mostly sunny & windy.  High 93.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Low 71.

Weekend forecast

 warm & humid weather pattern will be shaping up for the foreseeable future with only slight rain chances. Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-80s over the next several days.

Sunday: More of the Same. High 81.  20% Showers.