Damage assessments start after Arkansas storms

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - Damage assessments are beginning in Arkansas following a tornado that killed three people in the western part of the state.

National Weather Service Senior Forecaster John Lewis in Little Rock said Wednesday that the tornado first touched down about midnight Tuesday in Franklin County and continued to touch down before dissipating about 1 a.m. Wednesday in Johnson County. Officials report two deaths in Franklin County and one in Johnson County.

State Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Renee Preslar said Wednesday morning that there is not yet an estimate of damage and that more severe weather expected Wednesday could delay the assessments.

Lewis said tornadoes are likely to develop again Wednesday afternoon in northeastern Arkansas, southeastern Missouri, western Kentucky and western Tennessee.

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