SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 - Posted at 7:21 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes so far in Arkansas from the remnants of Hurricane Rita. Common among the three twisters is that they each traveled in a southeast-to-northwest direction, which is unusual for the state.
Most tornadoes that touch down in Arkansas are born of spring or thunderstorm cells, and the tornadoes usually trace a path from southwest to northeast. That path is in the usual direction of air flow along the boundary between a mass of warm, moist air and a cold front approaching from the northwest.
But meteorologist John Robinson, who led a team that surveyed storm damage on Sunday, says Saturday's tornadoes followed the counter-clockwise path of the former Hurricane Rita.
Each of the tornadoes was rated as F-2 on the Fujita scale.