Several injured after possible tornado hits Arkansas; The Great South prepares for storms

SPRINGDALE, Arkansas – Severe storms and a possible tornado damaged buildings and destroyed power lines in northwest Arkansas early Wednesday as tornadoes and hurricane-force winds were forecast for much of the Deep South , a week after severe storms hit the New Orleans area.

At least seven people were injured when Wednesday morning storms hit Springdale, about 145 miles northwest of Little Rock, and triggered tornado watches and warnings, according to NBC affiliate KNWA of St. Rogers. Two have serious injuries, the news station reported.

The side of a Brashears furniture store in Springdale, Ark., was ripped open after an early morning storm, possibly a tornado, March 30, 2022.Todd Price/USA Today Network

The damage was significant in Springdale, in particular in the gymnasium of an elementary school and in a warehouse, subsidiary of CBS KFSM of Fort Smith. The Springdale School District, which is the largest in Arkansas, canceled all classes Wednesday due to storms.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma said all of Mississippi and parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee were most at risk for severe weather on Wednesday. More than 8 million people live in the most at-risk area, which includes the cities of Memphis, Tennessee; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Montgomery, Alabama.

The worst weather was expected Wednesday afternoon – unlike last week’s New Orleans tornado, which struck overnight and killed one man.

A tornado watch was issued for most of Arkansas, northern Louisiana, southern Missouri, southeast Oklahoma and northeast Texas through early Wednesday after- noon. Forecasters said tornadoes were likely, along with isolated wind gusts of 80 mph or more.

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