Storms Damage Much of Region 8

April 2, 2006 - Posted at 11:22 p.m. CST


Jonesboro, AR -Strong storms rushed through the northern and southern parts of region eight bringing strong winds and even isolated tornados to the area Sunday afternoon.  Two of the hardest hit areas include Marmaduke in Northern Greene County and Caruthersville in the Missouri Bootheel. 


The damage in Marmaduke is so bad the city has been blocked off to through traffic.  Hwy 49 is a major roadway connecting Northeast Arkansas with areas in southern Missouri but travelers and drivers are finding new ways to get to their destinations tonight.


The Marmaduke storm was perhaps the strongest of the day.  It not only devastated the small town North of Paragould it also did extensive damage in Neelyville, Caruthersville, Senath, and Ravenden Springs.  Each of those towns is reporting heavy damage mostly due to large tornados. 


The strong storms came as no surprise to local meteorologist.  Responding to a cold front moving through the region, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma issued a slight severe risk for the entire area and the Missouri Bootheel was under a moderate risk. 


Across the mid-south more than 40 tornados were reported on Sunday due to system moving across the United States.


At this time no deaths have been reported in Northeast Arkansas and Southern Missouri.