Storm destroys building, flooding closes elementary school

Updated: Sep. 18, 2017 at 8:53 PM CDT
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A severe storm completely destroyed a building in the Armorel area Monday. (Source: Mississippi...
A severe storm completely destroyed a building in the Armorel area Monday. (Source: Mississippi County Deputy Steve Lancaster)

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A building in the Armorel area was completely destroyed Monday afternoon as severe storms moved into the area, officials said Monday.

Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook said the building, which housed Beelman Truck Company, was blown away.

Authorities went to the building on North County Road 909 at East State Highway 137 around 5:05 p.m. Monday about the damage.

Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Steve Lancaster said witnesses saw severe winds lift up the roof and knock down the walls of the building. Three people were inside the building when the storm moved through, hiding in a garage bathroom for safety.

Lancaster said the people at the business were surprised by the storm.

"These storms popped up out of nowhere," Lancaster said. "The damage was actually isolated to the one building and the debris scatter behind there but so far, this is the only damage we have reported.

One person who was inside the building was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Lancaster said, noting the other two people were not injured.

Also, Earle School District superintendent Rickey Nicks said Earle Elementary School will be closed on Tuesday due to flooding in the school.

Nicks said the heavy rain flooded the entire elementary school. However, Earle High School will be open on Tuesday.

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