JONESBORO (KAIT)-- Wild weather across Arkansas on Wednesday had several tornadoes tear through the state killing one and injuring at least four others. Reports also indicate that dozens of homes were damaged, and many were left without power.
Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Ross confirmed a death but declined to identify the victim or say where the death occurred. Sheriff Ross also says three others were injured. Several homes were badly damaged, and trees and power lines were blown down.
In Saline County, approximately 20 houses were damaged near the intersection of Arkansas Highways 5 and 298. Trees and power lines were also blown down; First Electric Cooperative reported 83 outages mostly in Saline Co. No injuries were reported. There are 18 homes with minor damage, two homes with major damage and two homes destroyed.
The Salem Fire Department #4 has moderate damage; and numerous barns and sheds have damage. No shelters are set up at this time.
White County has reported nine houses damaged near the intersection of Highways 36 and 305. One person has suffered a leg injury and has been transported to a nearby hospital. There are 19 homes damaged total in White County. Three were destroyed, three homes have major damages and 13 homes have minor damage. The Center Hill Fire Department and the Center Hill Baptist Church have also received minor damage. Albion community has three homes with minor damage. Two chicken houses have roof damage. The displaced residents are staying with family/friends, and there are no shelters open at this time.
In Cleburne county, the Local ADEM Coordinator reported two homes completely destroyed on Sawmill Road in Pearson. Most of the damages are near the Hwy 107/25 junction. There is one fatality and two injuries. There are eight homes damaged. Six have minor damage, and two have been destroyed.
Quarter sized hail was reported in Powhatan and Newark while golf ball sized hail was reported in Black Rock, Conway, and Pocahontas.
Entergy Arkansas said there were nearly 1,500 outages from southwestern to northeastern Arkansas on Thursday.