SPRINGDALE, Arkansas – Severe storms and a potential tornado destroyed buildings and brought down power lines in northwest Arkansas early Wednesday as tornadoes and hurricane-force winds were forecast for much of the Deep South, a week after severe storms hit the New Orleans area.
At least seven people were hurt by Wednesday morning’s storms that hit the city of Springdale, about 145 miles northwest of Little Rock, and have sparked hurricane hours and warnings, the Guardian reported. NBC affiliate KNWA in St. Rogers. The news station reported that two people were seriously injured.
Damage was extensive in Springdale, including an elementary school gymnasium and store, Fort Smith’s CBS affiliate KFSM. Springdale School District, the largest in Arkansas, canceled all classes Wednesday due to storms.
All areas of Mississippi and parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee were all at risk of severe weather on Wednesday, the Norman, Oklahoma, Storm Prediction Center said. More than 8 million people live in the region most at risk, which includes the cities of Memphis, Tennessee; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Montgomery, Alabama.
Worst weather was expected on Wednesday afternoon – unlike last week’s New Orleans hurricane, Who hit overnight A man was killed.
The tornado watch is released for most of Arkansas, northern Louisiana, southern Missouri, southeastern Oklahoma, and northeastern Texas through early Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters said the tornadoes were likely to be accompanied by isolated winds of 80 miles per hour or higher.