Thursday, 11 April 2013

Dozens of homes damaged in reported Arkansas tornado; several injured

Dozens of homes damaged in reported Arkansas tornado; several injured, A strong storm system moving across the region unleashed a reported tornado that damaged and or destroyed dozens of homes and other structures in Arkansas with several people injured late Wednesday afternoon.

The Arkansas Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) reported that at least 33 homes and two businesses were damaged in Van Buren County when a tornado ripped across the area after 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday.

The Van Buren County Judge said at least six of the homes and a church were destroyed. An 18-wheeler truck was also blown over and multiple trees and power lines were snapped and or uprooted.

At least four people were injured in the county, according to the AEMA.

John Robinson, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service's (NWS) Little Rock office, said the tornado tracked from the community of Scotland to Botkinburg. "It weakened fairly soon after that," he said.

Damage was also reported in Fulton, Conway, Lincoln, Izard and White counties from severe storms and or possible tornadoes. More than 20 homes were damaged across these counties, according to AEMA.

The NWS will be surveying the damage on Thursday to confirm whether or not straight-line winds and or tornadoes actually caused the damage.

This storm system could spawn additional tornadoes and severe storms as it moves across the Southeast on Thursday.

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