NWS Says Strong Tornado Hit Western Arkansas

May 26, 2011

Officials say a strong tornado that touched down in western Arkansas has injured at least several people.

Steve Piltz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Tulsa, said a strong tornado touched down southwest of the Altus-Denning area shortly after midnight Wednesday.

FranklinCounty’s emergency services deputy coordinator Rick Covert said several people were hurt as the tornado and strong winds damaged homes. The extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately known.

Covert says the storms also tore through a fire station near the Etna-Oak Bend area, ripping off part of the roof and blowing out several doors.

He says crews were trying to make it past downed power lines and trees to reach communities that been hit hardest by the storms.

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