Saturday, May 1

3 Dead, 25 Hurt In Arkansas Tornadoes

Photo: AP -- Felled trees lie strewn on the ground after last Saturday's tornado ripped a 149-mile path through Mississippi, causing a large amount of damage.

According to authorities, Tornadoes ripping through central Arkansas killed 3 and injured about two dozen others last Friday.

Tornado sightings were reported just a few miles north in Culpepper, according to Arkansas State Police. A sheriff's dispatcher said a sighting also was reported in the Oakland area, near the Missouri border. There are Trees and power lines were blocking major roadways in both areas.

Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Renee Preslar says the death was reported in Van Buren County - about 75 miles north of Little Rock - where at least three mobile homes were destroyed. He added that about two dozen people were hurt during the storms, but local officials who reported the deaths and injuries to the state agency did not immediately release the severity of the injuries or details about how the individuals were hurt.

John Raison, a warning coordinator of meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Little Rock, another round of storms, including tornadoes, could possibly come on Saturday. Raison says "Certainly, there will be the threat of severe weather (Saturday) and the threat of at least isolated tornadoes," "I do think we will have more severe weather."

Preslar said that search teams located a person believed missing in the wreckage of a home in Center Ridge, while extensive property damage was reported across several counties in central Arkansas.

According to officials, bad weather was possible on Saturday.
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