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Multiple Tornadoes Confirmed So Far, Including EF-2

Update:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Storm surveyors with the National Weather Service continue assessments from the severe weather outbreak on Friday (April 13).

As of mid-morning on Monday, the total stands at 11, as follows:

  • Mountainburg (Crawford County) EF-2
  • Gamaliel Landing (Baxter County) EF-1
  • Umpire (Howard County) EF-1
  • Ozone (Johnson County) EF-1
  • Lavaca (Sebastian/Franklin counties) EF-1
  • Oppelo (Conway County) EF-0
  • Crossett (Ashley County) EF-1 (Two tornadoes)
  • Montrose (Ashley/Chicot counties) EF-2
  • El Dorado (Union County) TBA (Two tornadoes)

Total tornadoes for the year in Arkansas stands at 20.

Update (4/15/18 9:20 p.m.):

ASHLEY COUNTY, Ark- The National Weather Service out of Jackson, MS submitted survey results on Sunday confirming three tornadoes in far South Arkansas.

Two tornadoes remained in Ashley County. One was discovered 8 miles southwest of Crossett. This tornado uprooted and snap many trees, causing damage to a few homes. The damage found was consistent with an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of 100 mph. 

Another tornado track was discovered 4 miles east of Crossett. Several trees along the path were uprooted and snapped. A few small sheds received damage. This damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado with a wind speed of 100 mph. 

The third tornado touched down in Ashley County and continued into Chicot County before ending. It was given an EF-2 rating with winds peaking near 115 mph. According to the survey report, the top of a silo was removed and the structure was bent, two homes had exterior damage with one losing a large amount of roofing material,  and a travel trailer was destroyed. All of this damage was was located near US HWY 82 at the Ashley/Chicot County line. As the tornado continued into Chicot County, two sets of wooden transmission poled were found snapped and a mobile home sustained damage. 

Update:

OPPELO, Ark. - The National Weather Service in Little Rock confirmed a tornado caused damage in Oppelo. It was given an EF-0 rating with estimated winds of 65-85 mph. According to the survey, several trees were snapped or uprooted near Timberlake Reservoir.

Update (4/15/18 6:28 p.m.):

LAVACA, Ark. - At 6:23 p.m. CDT on Sunday, the National Weather Service in Tulsa confirmed a fifth Tornado touched down near Lavaca, Arkansas, on Friday, which was classified an EF-1 with winds between 85 and 95 MPH.

Update:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- On Sunday, a survey team from the Little Rock National Weather Service office completed a storm damage assessment located in Johnson County in the community of Ozone. They found damage consistent with an EF-1 tornado with winds of 105 mph.  

Original story:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- On Friday evening and into the overnight hours, Arkansas was rocked with severe weather. Thunderstorms left damage to many locations across the state. 

By the end ot the severe weather event, more that three dozen reports were submitted that spanned from tornadoes, wind damage, flooding, to hail. 

The National Weather Service began surveying storm damage Saturday across the state to determine the cause. Below is what has been discovered so far:

Straight-line wind damage was found in Mountain Home, located in Baxter County. Utility poles were blown down. Several businesses sustained heavy damage and a nursing home lost part of its roof and had to be evacuated. This type of damage was consistent with wind speeds of 85-90 mph.

To the north of Mountain Home in Baxter County, an EF-1 tornado with winds of 85- 110 mph was confirmed. The survey team found damage to a church, garage and outbuildings along with several trees snapped or uprooted. 

In the Greers Ferry area, damage was reported to be from straight-line winds of 85 to 90 mph.

In Conway, the damage on the UCA campus is consistent with straight-line winds of 75 mph. 

The National Weather Service also surveyed the Mountainburg area in Crawford County. The preliminary results have the damage being caused by an EF-2. Multiple buildings were damaged with numerous snapped and uprooted trees. 

In Southwest Arkansas, a survey team went to the Umpire Community in Howard County They discovered damage that would be caused by an EF-1 rated tornado. This survey is still ongoing. 

Keep in mind, surveys are still being completed and will take several more days before they are finished. Please check back for new updates. 


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