UPDATE: Multiple EF-2 tornadoes, straight-line wind damage confirmed from Saturday severe weather event

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The National Weather Service survey team has found evidence of two EF-2 tornadoes in Jefferson/Arkansas counties and one in Drew County.

According to the Little Rock based survey team the first tornado likely began near Reydell in Jefferson County where powerlines were damaged at Highway 11 and Gibson Road.

In Arkansas County, just east of the previous impacted area, several structures were affected with the most consistent of that damage consistent with winds up to 120 mph, or on the enhanced Fujita Scale, an EF-2.

A second EF-2 tornado was found to have gone through Drew County, with some of the most significant damage on the east side of Highway 425 near the Rose Hill cutoff and Highway 83.

In the Princeton community located in Dallas County, numerous trees were discovered either snapped or uprooted. Damage was consistent with straight-line winds with speeds ranging from 80-90 mph.

As of now, only the two tornados have been confirmed. Surveys are expected to resume on Monday. Additional tornadoes will likely be confirmed from this event.

So far, we have observed three tornadoes in Arkansas during 2021. The yearly tornado average is 33.

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