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Possible Tornado Leaves Destructive Path in Woodruff County

March 9, 2006 - Posted at 3:39 p.m. CST

Morton, AR - A reported tornado swept through Woodruff County this morning, touching down in Morton around 7 a.m. The extent of the damage was downed power lines and trees, debris, trees split in half, and businesses and homes destroyed.

Earl Frinmyer said his nephew's welding business was blown apart when the tornado came through.

"We were in the storm cellar, and we had a battery powered tv and radio, but it came through and tore the roof off, and just destroyed it all. We're out here trying to save what we can before the next rain hits," said Frinmyer.

Crews were hard at work trying to restore power to the area and clear the roads of debris. Woodruff County OES Coordinator Brenda Byerly said it hit her county hard.

"We had about four houses destroyed, some the roofs blown off, trees on top of them, and there were many mobile homes that half is over here and half is over there. It just hit so fast! We are all so lucky that no one got killed. Very lucky."

Volunteers from the community helped local fire departments clear out the homes and make sure everyone was safe.  Frinmyer, a resident of Morton, said the tornado hit, and they have to deal with it.

"It's just nature. My nephew's business got blown away, but we're safe and we're just trying to save what we can. It's just something we have to deal with. It's tornado season and we live in tornado ally. That's Arkansas."

Crews are continuing the clean up in the area. Two people were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

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