Tornadoes Kill One, Destroy Homes and Structures Across Arkansas Overnight

NOVEMBER 28, 2005 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - One person was killed in tornadoes that made a slow march across Arkansas last night.  Today, officials will access the damage in daylight and account for people who lived in storm-damaged areas.

Conway County was among the hardest hit areas.  A motorist on Interstate 40 was killed in an apparent tornado last night, near where a lumber yard was destroyed by the winds.  Lumber was scattered on both sides of I-40.  Morrilton Mayor Stewart Nelson says crews will search in daylight for anyone unaccounted for.  The National Weather Service is also to assess tornado tracks across the state.

Numerous tornado warnings were issued as a storm line seemed to crawl across the state.  The storms themselves moved quickly, about 50 miles per hour.  But the storms traveled north-northeast while the squall line itself moved slowly eastward.

About 7,500 homes were without power last night.  The largest concentrations were 4,200 in Faulkner County and 1,400 in Hot Springs.

The weather service reports Perry County emergency workers rescued a person trapped inside a damaged home in Perryville.

Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders says his officers received reports of residents trapped in their destroyed homes.

In Garland County high winds hit the Brady Mountain Marina, destroying docks and overturning boats.  Mobile homes also were damaged or blown off their blocks in Garland County.

Officials say six homes were destroyed in Pike County.

In Region 8, most of the storm damage appears to be concentrated in Howard County, Missouri.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)