EF-4 tornado struck Monette, Leachville; EF-2 reported in Trumann
MONETTE, Ark. (KAIT) - The tornado that went through Monette and Leachville Dec. 10 was an EF-4 tornado, with 170 mph winds, according to a preliminary report from the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service said Thursday that the tornado that went through Monette and Leachville began in Craighead County and went into Obion County, Tenn.
It created its first damage, north of Bay; and destroyed a farm tractor storage building near Lake City.
From there, it weakened as it went across the St. Francis River but picked up steam moving into the eastern side of Craighead County.
The tornado killed Golden Hembrey and injured five others at Monette Manor and killed June Pennington at the Dollar General store in Leachville.
NWS said the tornado had a one-mile path as it moved into Monette and Leachville.
The storms then moved through Pemiscot County, near Caruthersville.
Nine-year-old Annistyn Rackley was also killed in the tornado.
The tornado that went through Trumann Dec. 10 was an EF-2 tornado that had 130 mph winds, the NWS reported.
Officials said the tornado had a nearly four-mile path, with a width of 250 yards.
That tornado damaged homes, businesses and trees, the NWS said, with the worst damage reported in the northeast part of town.
Several businesses and homes were destroyed in the northeast part of town and the tornado path ended near the St. Francis River.
The tornado in Trumann was one of three tornadoes reported in Poinsett County Friday.
The remnants of two tornadoes were also found in the Fisher area.
No deaths were reported in Poinsett County due to the storms.
Region 8 News will have more details as they become available.
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