Little Rock, Arkansas, is not exactly known for its weather, but it’s been hit hard by a series of tornadoes that have struck the region recently.
On Tuesday, the US Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a tornado watch for the area around Little Rock and Rock Springs, a little-known town that lies just north of the Arkansas River.
The watch is not for the entire state of Arkansas, which is just south of the city of Little Rock.
“This watch does not apply to Little Rock’s downtown, Little Rock High School or Little Rock Community College,” said BOM Meteorologist Jason King.
But the watch for surrounding areas does cover the Little Spring National Wildlife Refuge in the area of the refuge.
“This is because of the threat posed by a tornado in the vicinity of the wildlife refuge,” said King.
The watch for all of Arkansas is still in effect until 5am on Saturday.
A tornado watch is issued when the chances of severe weather occurring within 30 kilometres of the centre of a tornado is greater than 50 per cent.
Tornadoes are the strongest storms and most damaging tornadoes to occur in Australia, but they can also be extremely deadly.
On Thursday, a tornadic tornado in central Queensland killed at least nine people and injured nearly 100 others.
ABC/ReutersTopics:tornadoes,tropical-weather,brisbane-4000,qub,australiaFirst posted April 05, 2019 18:35:06Contact Peter ThomasMore stories from Australia