Reported Tornadoes Trekking Through South, Midwest; Injuries Reported in Arkansas


Reported Tornado Tears Through Arkansas Town
  • A confirmed tornado near Mountainburg, Arkansas, resulted in significant damage and several injuries.
  • At least 160 buildings were damaged and four people were injured.
  • Damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes, including some strong tornadoes, can be expected through Sunday.

A batch of severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes is tearing a path through the South and Midwest. 

A confirmed tornado resulted in several injuries and caused significant damage near Mountainburg in northwest Arkansas Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. An estimated 160 buildings were damaged and numerous trees were downed, emergency crews reported during a press conference. 

Crawford County Emergency Management Director Brad Thomas said emergency crews responded to three residential entrapments. Three people were transported to an area hospital, including one who was reportedly unresponsive.

A man was also injured during the likely tornado and drove himself to the hospital with injuries to his arms and legs. His home was destroyed, Thomas said.

A woman went into labor at a storm shelter and was transported to an area hospital. 

The agency continues with search and rescue and asks that people stay away from areas affected by the storm.  

A possible tornado in Jefferson, Iowa, reportedly damaged several buildings, flipped a camper and downed trees and power lines.

In Scranton, Iowa, wind-driven hail broke windows, the National Weather Service reports. 

(MORE: Severe Thunderstorms, Including Some Tornadoes, to March Through the South, Midwest and East Friday Into the Weekend)

Damage was reported north of Norwood, in Wright County Missouri, from a possible tornado.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a “particularly dangerous situation” watch Friday for Arkansas, which indicates an enhanced risk of very severe and life-threatening weather.

Severe thunderstorms will likely continue in the South Saturday, possibly as a squall line, says meteorologist Chris Dolce.

“The greatest probability of severe weather appears to be in southeastern Louisiana, southern and eastern Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, but at least scattered severe storms are possible as far north as the Ohio Valley,” Dolce said. 

More storms could fire up Sunday. 

This is a developing story so check back frequently for the latest severe updates. 

2018-04-14 01:01:22

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