Double-Digit Fatalities in AR/OK tornadoesApril 28th, 2014 at 1:08 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
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, Missouri. Another pic. Damage in Hume, Missouri. Tornado 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, Kansas. Tornado Joplin, Missouri. Tornado 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.”