EF-1 strength tornado reported in Arkansas, no serious inuries

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2019

In Arkansas, one tornado touched down on Saturday afternoon near Carlisle, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Little Rock and a second storm was near the unincorporated community of Slovak, southeast of Carlisle, National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Goudsward said.

That storm struck Toltec, Arkansas at 10.23am Central on Saturday, injuring two people there. Following a line eastwards, large hail and two more tornado sightings were reported near Memphis, Tennessee, which looked like the same thunderstorm cluster. Winds in both areas were measured at approximately 60 miles per hour.

At least one tornado, EF1 on the strength scale that goes up to 5, touched down in northern Louisiana with one damage track over 10km long, north of the town of Vivian.

Before tearing through Arkansas, the storm system hit parts of Texas, with 23 separate reports of damage.

Possible tornadoes touched down in Arkansas, Louisiana and MS on Saturday, damaging homes, causing minor injuries and leaving people without power. The tornado was on the ground for about 6.4 miles and was 150 yards wide.

There were no reports of any deaths or injuries from the widespread storms, which came almost a week after a large tornado killed 23 people in Alabama amid an outbreak of Southern twisters. The watches issued Saturday for Tennessee and MS were in effect until 6 p.m. EST and for Arkansas and Louisiana until 4 p.m. EST.

The tornadoes are part of a larger storm system now sweeping across the nation, severe enough to have caused a number of airlines to waive flight change fees for customers in dozen of Midwestern airports.

Footage from a storm in Louisiana showed roofs being ripped off of buildings.

Other Southern states are not safe from the winter storm's wrath as it moves northward into Mississippi, Tennessee and stretching as far as southern IL.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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