Hurricane Harvey's huge hand finally stretched into the Arkansas Delta Thursday pounding the area with heavy rains and high winds as well as a couple of tornado sightings in the Helena-West Helena area. However Harvey's furry in Arkansas was a mere slap on the wrist compared to the devastating knockout punch he delivered along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Harvey's huge hand finally stretched into the Arkansas Delta Thursday pounding the area with heavy rains and high winds as well as a couple of tornado sightings in the Helena-West Helena area. However Harvey's furry in Arkansas was a mere slap on the wrist compared to the devastating knockout punch he delivered along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Harvey had been reduced to a tropical depression by the time it reached Arkansas after wreaking havoc and disaster in Texas.

During the noon hour, flash flood and tornado warnings were issued throughout Phillips County. As much as 4 inches of rain accumulated during the 24-hour period.

Navigating some of the main streets of Helena-West Helena were quite treacherous during periods of torrential downpours. Winds were quite breezy with occasional gusts of up to 20 to 30 mph.

Some parents picked up their children from school early in order to get them to their rural homes safely before any flash flooding occurred.

A tree was downed on Oakland Avenue forcing motorists to detour through the Phillips College campus area. The rains and forecast of more to come forced the cancellation of a junior high school football game between Barton and DeWitt.

Street workers were out en masse during the height of the storm to place barriers and warning signs near areas that were prone to flooding.

Woodruff County and particularly the community of McCrory were among the hardest hit areas of eastern Arkansas. That area was deluged with between 9 and 11 inches of rainfall.

By late Thursday evening most of the remnants of Hurricane Harvey had passed through the area heading northeast. Friday morning saw a glimmering of sunshine and a return to normal activities.