EF-2 tornado confirmed in Newton and Searcy counties

EF-2 tornado confirmed in Newton and Searcy counties
(Source: Newton County Sheriff's Office via Facebook)
(Source: Newton County Sheriff's Office via Facebook)

NEWTON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The National Weather Service confirmed an E-F 2 tornado with maximum winds estimated at 120 MPH tore across two northern Arkansas counties on Monday night.

The path of that tornado totaled 36.7 miles with started two miles north of Mossville in Newton County and ended four miles east-northeast of St. Joe in Searcy County.

One person was injured in the storm.

The National Weather Service said several trees were uprooted or snapped along the path. Several homes were damaged in Parthenon, and the post office in that community was destroyed.

A home that was in the Vendor community was also destroyed.

North of St. Joe, a family heard the tornado warning and went into their storm shelter before the storm hit. According to the National Weather Service, their manufactured home was destroyed, and the damage was likely not survivable.

The National Weather Service tweeted that this is the longest storm track in Newton County since April 23, 2011.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office posted on their Facebook page that personnel from their office was out just after the storm struck cleaning up the damage.

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