Storms Claim Two Lives in South Arkansas

JANUARY 13, 2005 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CST

EL DORADO, AR - Two people are dead in the wake of storms that ripped through Union County last night and this morning.

The likely tornado killed an elderly man and woman in separate parts of the county, destroyed numerous homes and the Lawson Urbana fire house and left at least twenty people injured.

Authorities said 13 were injured in Union County and another seven were hurt in Louisiana.

Union County Sheriff Ken Jones said he is sure a tornado accompanied a 20-mile swath of destruction that entered Arkansas from Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, and traveled northeast through Faircrest, Iron Mountain Road, High Banks and Lawson.

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