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Storm system likely spewed 11 tornadoes in Arkansas, agency reports

18 April, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Slow-moving storms head east after blanketing US Midwest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As Minnesota began digging out from a mid-April snowstorm, one North Carolina city was cleaning up the damage Monday from a deadly tornado spawned from the same vast storm system that pushed across the US and ended with drenching rains in the Northeast.

Two tornadoes remained in Ashley County.

In addition to the tornadoes measured in Lexington and Irmo, the National Weather Service verified an EF2 tornado in Gilbert and an EF1 tornado in Fairfield County Sunday, according to the NWS website. Thunderstorms left damage to many locations across the state. The tornado damage began near Saddlebrook Road, then continued north-northeast, ending along Kenwood Drive just before John Preston Drive. However, the spotters are reporting that there was no funnel, and there was no tornado. If a twister had gone through a subdivision or mobile-home park, more ripped off shingles and broken windows would have been reported, Brown said.

On Sunday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson toured damage in Mountainburg, where four people were injured.

The third tornado touched down in Ashley County and continued into Chicot County before ending. A sleeping 2-year-old girl in Louisiana was killed when a tree fell on her family's recreational vehicle early Saturday.

Jeff Turner, Sebastian County Office of Emergency Management director, counted more damage.

Strong winds blew a house off it's foundation, and trees and power lines were also knocked down. "The wind and hail were coming sideways at me".

The estimated winds for the Johnson county tornado reached 105 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. One resident said trees were down throughout the town.



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