A storm with strong lightning strikes moved through the area of Beebe, Ark., Friday, shortly before birds were reported falling from the sky.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission began receiving reports of dead black birds falling from the sky at approximately 11:30 p.m. CDT, according to a press release.
"There was lightning in the area between 9:19 and 9:30 p.m. CDT," said AccuWeather.com Information Manager, Henry Margusity. "A couple of strokes had between 380,000 and 540,000 amps."
There are estimates that more than 1,000 birds had fallen before midnight. The birds were found in an area that is 1 mile long and 1/2 of a mile wide. No birds were found outside of this area.
Lightning, high-altitude hail or stress from fireworks are all factors that are being considered as a cause of death for the birds, according to the Associated Press. Poisoning is not suspected to be a cause.
The AGFC collected 65 birds and sent them to be tested at the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission and the National Wildlife Health Center lab in Madison, Wis. Testing will begin on Monday and may be complete in a week.
Cyclonic Storm Kyant will unleash heavy rain and strong winds on areas from western Myanmar to northeastern India and Bangladesh this week.
Beneficial rain will douse California late this week, with the potential for some rain to reach southern portions of the state.
A storm will slide in from the Midwest to bring another dose of cold rain and wet snow to parts of the northeastern United States from Wednesday night to Thursday.
Floods are underrated weather hazards that cause widespread destruction, but people can minimize risks by following certain safety measures and investing in flood insurance.
Flooding downpours and thunderstorms will target a part of the central United States into Wednesday.
The severe drought in the northeastern U.S. has left most of the region reeling for months as farmers have been forced to work with arid land.
Richmond, VA (1982)
A total of 0.71 inches of rain (25-26th). Normal for all of October is 0.42 inches.
Mid-Atlantic States (1990)
Powerful coastal storm. A total of 18 inches of snow at Mt. Mitchell, NC. Severe tidal flooding on the Virginia coast. 92-mph wind gusts at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
Lead, SD (1996)
38.9" of snow fell.