Super Tuesday tornado outbreak--12 years later

Super Tuesday tornado outbreak--12 years later
One EF-4 tornado stayed on the ground for 122 miles. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Twelve years ago on Feb. 4, as voters headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the 2008 primaries, 12 tornadoes tore across the state of Arkansas, killing 14 people.

The Super Tuesday outbreak laid waste to everything in its path.

In Highland, the storm destroyed the town’s fire department and leveled dozens of businesses along Highway 412.
In Highland, the storm destroyed the town’s fire department and leveled dozens of businesses along Highway 412. (Source: KAIT-TV)

One EF-4 tornado stayed on the ground for 122 miles. It began in Yell County and continued through Ash Flat and Mountain View before ending in Highland.

As many as 87 tornadoes were reported with the outbreak as it made its way from Arkansas into Missouri, Illinois, Alabama, and Tennessee.
As many as 87 tornadoes were reported with the outbreak as it made its way from Arkansas into Missouri, Illinois, Alabama, and Tennessee. (Source: KAIT-TV)

KAIT’s Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan was on the air, tracking the storms live, for hours as they tore through Region 8.

The storm flattened a Mountain View car dealership and slammed into the local hospital, tearing up the roof and walls. The twister destroyed several businesses throughout the town.

In Highland, the storm destroyed the town’s fire department and leveled dozens of businesses along Highway 412.

The storm flattened a Mountain View car dealership and slammed into the local hospital.
The storm flattened a Mountain View car dealership and slammed into the local hospital. (Source: KAIT-TV)

Since then, Highland has installed a storm warning system with a siren located at its new fire station.

Thirteen people died in this single tornado, and about 140 were injured.

Super Tuesday Tornado: Then & Now

Hundreds of those who didn’t lose their lives, lost their homes and livelihoods.

Hundreds of those who didn’t lose their lives, lost their homes and livelihoods.
Hundreds of those who didn’t lose their lives, lost their homes and livelihoods. (Source: KAIT-TV)

As many as 87 tornadoes were reported with the outbreak as it made its way from Arkansas into Missouri, Illinois, Alabama, and Tennessee.

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