During Wednesday’s storms, Sheriff Dotson and his deputies spread out all over the county watching the developing weather in our area.

 Many schools in the area closed early in an effort to get students and teachers home before the storms hit. Lawrence County was under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Tornado Waning until 4:45pm on Wednesday. 

Many towns reported hail in the area, Tornado Sirens in Walnut Ridge and Hoxie were sounded multiple times through the afternoon. Walnut Ridge Police were dealing with debris in the roadways and downed power lines in the city.

Sgt. Rocky Chappell with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office traveled to the Annieville area to investigate reports of a possible tornado in the area, once no damage was found Chappell then traveled to the Alicia area to intercept another storm reported in the area.

Deputies and firemen from all across the county gave updates from the county to the Lawrence County Dispatch including reports of hail, high winds and rotation in the clouds. Shortly after 5pm the Lawrence County Dispatch Center notified all emergency agencies and deputies that the watches and warning had expired for the time being.

Captain Stan Finley with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office warned all deputies that another possible round of storms could effect our area later tonight.

For more information on the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office visit their site at www.lawrencecountysheriffsoffice.com .