Arkansas ‘catastrophic’ tornado moves through Little Rock area; Tennessee, Iowa, Illinois impacted by twisters
A “catastrophic” tornado has passed through. Little Rock, Arkansas One person was killed and at least 24 injured in the area, according to officials, and several tornadoes were reported in Tennessee, Iowa and Illinois.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for parts of the Little Rock metro area Friday afternoon, saying a “damaging tornado” moved through the area.
In Tennessee, the National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the area around Covington, which is just north of Memphis. The National Weather Service has also issued multiple tornado warnings for northwestern Illinois and parts of eastern Iowa.
The Little Rock Fire Department said in a Facebook post that there was “heavy damage” in the West Little Rock area and that residents were encouraged to avoid travel to the area, adding that it was conducting rescue operations. .
Over 300,000 people were inside. Tornado WarningAccording to data from the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service said in a tornado warning that the storm was “catastrophic” and said it confirmed a “large and destructive tornado” passed through parts of Little Rock.
Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said in a tweet that he had requested help from the National Guard.
Scott tweeted, “I’m contacting Gov. @SarahHuckabee Sanders to request National Guard assistance in our response to the storm emergency. Again, please stay away from affected areas so emergency responders can help.” to allow access to.” Scott tweeted.
At least 24 people were injured in the storm, Scott said, adding that there was “extensive” property damage.
According to Fox 16A tornado killed one person in North Little Rock on Friday.
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“Central Arkansas has suffered significant damage,” said Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Alexa Henning, Sanders’ communications director, said the governor signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Arkansas due to the storm and severe weather.
“The governor will spare no resources to help Arkansans’ recovery efforts,” Henning tweeted.
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“I am in constant contact with the AR State Police and @AR_Emergencies who are working with local law enforcement to assist anyone injured. Prayers for all those in the path of this storm. Were and are moving forward,” Sanders tweeted.