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Tornado confirmed in Crittenden County, storms hit elsewhere in South

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According to law enforcement in Crittenden County, a tornado did cross I-55 just south of the 63 interchange around 7:45 Wednesday night. According to law enforcement in Crittenden County, a tornado did cross I-55 just south of the 63 interchange around 7:45 Wednesday night.
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CRITTENDEN COUNTY, AR (KAIT) –Severe weather wreaked havoc in the South, including in areas of Region 8.

Severe storms that passed through Region 8 Wednesday formed a tornado in northern Crittenden County.

According to law enforcement in Crittenden County, that tornado did cross I-55 just south of the 63 interchange around 7:45 Wednesday night. There was no immediate report of damage or injury.

ARKANSAS 

Entergy Arkansas says nearly 900 customers remain without power after severe storms moved through Arkansas and reported the highest number of outages in Drew and Union counties in south Arkansas. 

Minor damage was reported Wednesday in Clarendon, where a building was damaged and trees and power lines were knocked down. The National Weather Service also reported damage to three homes in the Crittenden County town of Jericho. 

No injuries or deaths were reported in Arkansas from the storms. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) says its survey teams will visit Monroe and Crittenden counties on Thursday to determine whether tornadoes touched down. The survey teams plan to visit Grant and Jefferson counties on Friday to continue storm assessments. 

NWS issued the watch for all but far northwest Arkansas and parts of southern Arkansas. The watch area included Little Rock, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Mena, Harrison, Mountain Home, Jonesboro and Pine Bluff. It stretches as far south as Camden and Monticello. 

MISSISSIPPI 

A severe storm front packing gusting winds left four people injured as it punched across a wide swath of the Southeast, downing power lines, toppling trees and damaging at least one mobile home in Mississippi, authorities said Thursday. 

Some utility poles in Mississippi snapped from the force of the winds and a tree fell on at least one home, local dispatchers and an official with the state's civil emergency agency told The Associated Press. 

A worker at Mississippi's Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital in Rolling Fork said four people had been taken in stable condition there with injuries and two were sent on to the University Medical Center  in the state capital of Jackson. The employee declined further comment when asked about the extent of the injuries. 

A University Medical Center spokeswoman later said the two injured sent there were in good condition.

Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, said at least six northern counties in his state initially reported damage. He said experts would check for further reports of damage Thursday and also seek to determine whether reports of some possible tornadoes embedded in the vast front could be confirmed. 

Copyright 2012 KAIT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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