Double-Digit Fatalities in AR/OK tornadoes

April 28th, 2014 at 1:08 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Arkansas Tornado   This is a picture (from KARK) of the Mayflower tornado – a monster wedge that’s at least 1/2 mile wide.  Fatalities have occurred in 3 separate counties in Arkansas and one in NE Oklahoma.  The damage looks to be EF3 to even EF4 in a couple places.   Pictures and video here and here.  As of 1 AM there are 11 fatalities in Arkansas.   There is at least one fatality in the tornado that hit Quapaw, Oklahoma around 6:30 pm EDT.  The fire station was destroyed and there is heavy damage on the north side of town.  The Red Cross is assembling a disaster team for Quapaw.   Interstate 40 at mile marker 140 has been shutdown in Arkansas after a large tornado crossed the highway.  It flipped a number of 18-wheelers and cars. Disturbing video along I-40 just after the tornado.   Monster wedge tornado at Vilonia AR +1/2 mile wide.  Here’s hail near Dover, Arkansas.  20,000 without power in Arkansas.  MAJOR tornado damage, trailers overturned at Mayflower, Arkansas. Homes destroyed.  Tornado emergency for Vilonia, Arkansas. .  The new intermediate school in Vilonia has been destroyed.  The school was set to open in the fall.  Confirmed tornado on the ground with damage reports at 7:43 pm CT.   Large Wedge Tornado near Plantation, Arkansas.    The ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH HEADQUARTERS EAST OF MAYFLOWER HAS BEEN HEAVILY DAMAGED.  A tornado emergency has been declared for the towns of El Paso, AR and Floyd, AR.   The National Guard has been activated in Arkansas.  ANOTHER STORM CHASER gets too close to a tornado.   We have had 6 tornado watches in effect from Iowa to Mississippi and NE Texas.  The storms have also produced baseball-sized hail and wind damage (at least one injured in Iowa).  Here’s Sunday’s storm reports.  Here’s a nice picture of the tornado at Hume, MissouriAnother picDamage in Hume, MissouriTornado in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Tornado destroys 60-70 homes, 20-25 businesses in Baxter Springs, Kansas. The tornado destroyed 60-70 homes, 20-25 businesses in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Search and rescue efforts underway.    Search and rescue efforts underway Tornado in Riverton, KansasTornado Joplin, MissouriTornado Benedict, Nebraska.  Sunday’s tornadoes occurred on the 3-year anniversary of the deadly tornadoes that hit Alabama.   Multiple homes with roof damage, trees uprooted, semi trucks blown over along I-70 in Odessa, MO.   Photo from KARK and Brandon Grady.

More tornadoes today, states in the most danger today include TN, MS, AL.  SPC says:  “MESOSCALE TRENDS WILL CONTINUE TO BE MONITORED FOR A POSSIBLE UPGRADE TO HIGH RISK LATER TODAY.”

8 Responses to “Double-Digit Fatalities in AR/OK tornadoes”

  1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    This was a deadly day/night. Prayers are with the families.

    1. TomKap (Michigan & Fuller - GR) says:

      ..and it’s not over by any stretch.

  2. TomKap (Michigan & Fuller - GR) says:

    One of the National Weather maps I use stated something like “1/3 of all Tornadoes in Arkansas happen at night” trying to stress that if you can’t ‘see’ one that doesn’t make it any less dangerous.

    I’d never heard that stat before. Is there a reason for ‘nighttime tornadoes’ there? Or is that the general rule everywhere in the USA?

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      So 2/3 happen during the daytime? Doesn’t seem improbable to me. I too am curious to know the tornado stats – day v. night.

      1. TomKap (Michigan & Fuller - GR) says:

        I agree on the ‘not improbable’ part – but we up here would agree that most happen in the heat of the day. I guess it’s not unlikely, that in Arkansas, there are more ‘warm nights’ than in the Northern states.

        Still tho, anyone have further info on this?

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Spent a little time on Google. The only thing I found was that nationally most occur between 4p and 9p, and the South has a better chance of nighttime tornadoes due to the likelihood of warmer temps into the evening hours.

    2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      When I lived down in the deep south, I would say the tornadoes we had in my area were about 50/50. What I hated even more is a tropical storm at night. I lived only 90 miles from the gulf. Tornadoes love trailer parks in the south. One reason, there are a lot of trailer parks.

  3. GunLakeDeb says:

    Re: the picture of the guy who got too close to the tornado – a comment made under the picture says that asphalt was scoured off the highway. I know this has happened before – but it blows my mind. If a funnel can tear up asphalt – there’s probably not much that can withstand that kind of force :-(

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