Pocahontas suffers relatively minor damage

By Keith Boles - bio | email feedback

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -In Randolph county the tornado sirens rang out but there apparently was no touch down.

Hail and wind and rain however left some reminders...

Considering how the storm started in South Arkansas. Damage in Pocahontas was relatively minor. Lots of dents and some cracked windows but considering how big some of the hail was.

It could have been a lot worse.

"We looked out the window and there were these huge balls of ice. I went out and got 3 of them and put them in the freezer. I'm 73 years old and that's the first time I've seen hail that big. Knocked a big hole in a plastic table I had out back. You know a picnic table."

Louise and Tillman Wicker live on the East side of Pocahontas, the area where the largest hail fell. Louise said it sounded like somebody was tossing huge rocks on their tin roof.

During the storm, the tornado sirens went off, the first time use in severe weather.

Steve Baltz the Pocahontas Fire Chief told me they had a lot of storm spotters out.

"The National Weather Service said there was a tornado on the ground heading toward Pocahontas. We activated our sirens about 8:13 last night. "

Marty Cagle the county OEM Coordinator said they did not receive any reports of tornadic damage

Over at the High School they're missing about a 150 feet of fence. The cloth on the wire acted like a sail and just tore it off the support posts.

One victim was a black billed duck. Knocked down by hail with wing injuries. He was on his way to get treatment.

Chris Wheeler the owner of C& A Auto Body and Accessories told me they had seen quite a bit of damage, mainly vehicles from the East Side.

"Windshields busted, back glass knocked out Lots a dents in roofs, hoods of cars and trucks."

Including some pretty good dents on his own truck.

"Didn't hit the windshield but took a pretty good toll on it."

Considering the strength of the storm in the Southern part of the state before it came North. Randolph county got off pretty light.

Baltz, "We made the night pretty good. Don't see much damage this morning and we've been out looking."

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