Several eastern counties under severe thunderstorm watch

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The severe weather threat for today is shown on this National Weather Service map, with the areas in the eastern part of the state under the highest warning.

UPDATE: The severe thunderstorm watch for Lonoke County has expired.

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A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect through 8 p.m. for much of eastern Arkansas.

Counties included in the watch are Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lincoln, Lonoke, Monroe, Ouachita, Prairie, Sharp, Union, White and Woodruff counties.

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