Arkansas Hit by Severe Storms

A driver attempts to get through flooded streets in downtown Jonesboro on Wednesday night. (KAIT/D.Westerhold)
A driver attempts to get through flooded streets in downtown Jonesboro on Wednesday night. (KAIT/D.Westerhold)
Firefighters attempt to control flooding on Main Street in downtown Jonesboro. (KAIT/D.Westerhold)
Firefighters attempt to control flooding on Main Street in downtown Jonesboro. (KAIT/D.Westerhold)

December 18, 2002
Posted at: 7:30 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An elderly woman is dead and at least 13 people injured after a series of tornadoes raked across Arkansas in a late-fall outbreak that had been warned about for days.

A photographer on assignment for The Associated Press said Bobbie Lee Glover's home south of Enola in Faulkner County was damaged severely. He said it was hard to tell whether it was a mobile home or a traditional house.

The woman's body was found in a pasture about 800 yards from where her home had stood. Officials said the 84-year-old died of internal and head injuries. John Osborne huddled in a bathtub with his mother and six-year-old sister until the storm passed. He said that, afterward, he saw debris everywhere.

Charles Parson, the fire chief in the nearby community of Holland, said the storm took down trees and twisted them up. Tornado warnings were posted in northeastern, central and southern Arkansas as storms fueled by Gulf moisture and a powerful jet stream converged over the state. In a three-hour period, tornadic storms had followed 14 distinct tracks in the state, covering 22 of the state's 75 counties. Other regions saw hail and strong winds.

The Faulkner County sheriff's office said a number of people in the Hamlet area were injured and taken to hospitals. Hamlet is about 12 miles south of Enola and much of the damage occurred along Arkansas 36, which runs between the two towns.

Conway Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Lori Ross said 13 people with tornado-related injuries were treated in the hospital's emergency room. She said one person was in critical condition and the other 12 were in guarded condition.