Wood Ford Stormtracker chases several tornadic storms Wednesday

By Josh Harvison - bio | email

LEACHVILLE, AR (KAIT) – Severe storms blew through northeastern Arkansas and Southeast Missouri for a second time this week, again sounding tornado sirens across northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri. Shortly after 2:00, the first tornado was issued and storms tore through communities for more than five hours.

The Wood Ford Stormtracker was in the middle of at least two tornadic thunderstorms. We tracked five different tornadic events. The first storm was in Randolph County to the northwest of Pocahontas. The second storm was in Hoxie. The third storm was along Highway 63 near Bono. The fourth storm was in Greene County and the final storm was in Pemiscot County near the Mississippi River.

Storm spotters from across the country were in the area Wednesday. Along Highway 412, a Discovery Channel camera crew was filming the TIV2, or Tornado Intercept Vehicle.

Damage was reported in Leachville later in the evening. Marti Robertson with Roberson Brother's Furniture said the roof of her warehouse was blown away by high winds. Another home in Leachville sustained roof damage when a large tree limb punctured her home.

"It was just a real fast moving storm. It was gone within probably 3 minutes," said Robertson. "No warnings. Sirens never went off. There was nothing. It just came up super fast."

Power crews were out restoring power after the same storm blew over poles in north Leachville.

"It come up real fast. It was sun shiny and just not doing anything and then all of a sudden it just started pouring down rain and the trees went and about five second later the security people called and said our roof was off," said Robertson.

Our cameras caught the storms in Randolph, Craighead, Greene and Pemiscot Counties.

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