Flash flood watches have been placed into effect for several counties in west central and north central Arkansas, not including Faulkner County, as a large area of showers and thunderstorms moves its way across the state.

The National Weather service said the showers are currently over the northwestern half of Arkansas, and will continue to move southeast until all rain exits the state around 3-4 a.m. Saturday.

Meteorologist John Robinson said total rainfall amounts are expected to range from 1/2 to 1-inch, but areas under flash flood watches could see more than 2 inches of rain.

Strong thunderstorms could be seen in southern Arkansas Friday evening. If the storms become severe, damaging winds is the main threat, Robinson said.

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