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Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the fourth of July fast approaching, it would be good to know where in central Arkansas you can light your fireworks.

Here are some of the cities where you can and can't shoot off your pyrotechnics:

 

55 flu deaths reported in the state of Arkansas

55 flu deaths reported in the state of Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The number of flu deaths in Arkansas have gone up in the past two weeks.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), 55 flu deaths have been reported—10 of those reports have been submitted within the past two weeks.

Although this year's strain has mutated, making the vaccine only 23 percent effective, officials still stress the importance of getting the flu shot.

ADH is posting the weekly 2014-15 Flu Season reports on their website: http://on.kthv.com/13TsxgE

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Protecting your pets in freezing weather

Protecting your pets in freezing weather

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Just like humans, animals can also be at risk for frostbite and hypothermia.

One important safety tip: don't leave your pets in the car, as it can get as cold as a refrigerator. Veterinarians also recommend investing in some winter gear for your animals, and keeping them layered.

"Big things are tips of ears, tail tips and the paws are pretty susceptible to frost bite, and it just takes a few minutes really. The cold and the salt and everything in those paw pads can cause cracking and bleeding." said Veterinarian Dr. Travis Anderson.

3 tornadoes confirmed in central Arkansas

3 tornadoes confirmed in central Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in central Arkansas Thursday night.

According to Meteorologist Jeff Hood with NWS, one touched down on the southern part of Pulaski County going into Lonoke County and the other touched down in southern Prairie County. NWS in Memphis reported that a weak tornado was produced in a rice field east of Waldenburg in Poinsett County.

NWS Little Rock's full report can be found here: http://on.kthv.com/1xelHvv

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Severe weather likely this evening

Severe weather likely this evening

A band of storms already popping in Oklahoma this morning along an approaching cold front. Ahead of that front, warm and muggy conditions with increasing clouds.

Cold front arrives by later afternoon in NW Arkansas with a pretty decent chance of rain and storms. Timing in central Arkansas will be later tonight, and cool air arriving Friday. This weekend will be the second weekend of Autumn and it will certainly feel like it.

Thursday: high 87, mostly cloudy. pm t-storms

Friday: high 75, mostly sunny.

 

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Upgrades planned for Batesville storm sirens

Upgrades planned for Batesville storm sirens

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Batesville City Council is preparing to upgrade their tornado sirens after some failed to go off during a storm last week.

Officials from the city and Independence County said they're aware of numerous sirens that haven't worked for years. They have been relying on a phone alert system, but only 3,000 residents are signed up. That's less than 10 percent of the county.

The Batesville council expects upgrades to cost between $15,000 and $25,000.

 

Arkansas Realtors gathers list of vacant rental properties for storm victims

Arkansas Realtors gathers list of vacant rental properties for storm victims

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas Realtors has gathered a list of vacant rental properties for storm victims.

The list has homes from all over the central Arkansas area. This list is intended serve as a resource for the displaced storm victims to search for a new home while they rebuild their lives. This website will be constantly updated as more lists of rental properties available are received.

Get list here: www.arkansasrealtors.com/rentalinfo

Arkansas Realtors is also asking any Arkansans that own vacant rental properties in the affected and surrounding areas to send their property information to rentalinfo@arkansasrealtors.com so they can continue to post available properties for storm victims.