Tornado pummels central Arkansas, killing at least 2, injuring dozens
A fierce tornado blasted through Little Rock, Arkansas, and
neighboring towns on Friday, killing at least two people and
injuring dozens of others as it sheared roofs and walls from many
buildings, flipped over vehicles and downed trees and power lines,
officials said, Trend
reports citing Reuters.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital, the
region’s only major trauma center, declared a level-1 mass casualty
alert after the tornado struck Little Rock, the state’s capital and
most populous city, at mid-afternoon.
The twister was spawned by one of numerous violent thunderstorms
raking a vast swath of the U.S. heartland as part of a much larger
expanse of extreme spring weather.
Speaking at a late night news conference, Governor Sarah
Huckabee Sanders said the tornado claimed at least two lives in
Wynne, Arkansas, about 100 miles (160 km) east of Little Rock near
the Tennessee border.