April 30th, 2010
10:10 PM ET

Death toll lowered in Arkansas storms

The death toll from severe storms in northern Arkansas has been lowered to one person, emergency officials said early Saturday.

Officials had initially said three people had been killed when the storm and three possible tornadoes walloped Van Buren County on Friday.

The number of injuries in the county was also less than previously reported, said Rene Preslar, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

There were 10 people injured in the county instead of the 25 previously reported, Preslar said.

"We are still looking at a number of damages, but fortunately the human impact is lower than previously thought."

Twenty-three people were injured statewide, Preslar said.

Kenny Dunham, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said there were reports of severe damage in the west central part of the county, about 75 miles north of Little Rock.

Three homes have been destroyed in Shady Grove, Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for central and eastern Arkansas - along with parts of Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, until 4 a.m. CT Saturday. In addition to tornadoes, the National Weather Service warned of hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter, thunderstorm wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour and dangerous lighting.

Many roads in Van Buren County are blocked and authorities have closed some highways to prevent people from trying to access affected areas, Dunham said.

The storms prompted the Little Rock National Airport to cease operations Friday night, spokesman TJ Williams said.

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  1. Micky

    People posting from areas with sirens sounding please assure us your posting from a safe location such as a basement or storm shelter!!!

    April 30, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ashley Craig

    Also sign up for alerts at WeatherUSA.net for text and e-mail.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zona

    There are always a lot of injuries & deaths when storms hit down there since 75% of the state lives in double wides (and they definite get more severe storms than most of the country).

    April 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Micky

    TWCBreaking VERY strong tornado vortex signature now in southern Jackson Co., AR. Welden, Algoa, Fisher in the path. TAKE SHELTER!!!!

    April 30, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Braedon Peyton

    I don't scare easy, and like I said growing up in a tornado prone area of Ohio, I will say that this one has me nervous, it looks and sounds like the gates of hell have been opened.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Micky

    TWCBreaking Tornado WARNING continues in Dallas County, AR. Circulation "monstrous" per NWS-Little Rock. Carthage and SW Grant County in danger!!

    April 30, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ANGEL

    WHERE IS FORREST CITY IN DIRECTION OF ALL THIS I HAVE FRIENDS WHO LIVE THERE???

    April 30, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Beverly

    75% of the state lives in double wides? Not sure of where you get your information!

    May 1, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Braedon Peyton

    Forrest City is NE near Memphis where I believe they are mostly out of the way of it, and to the guy who said 75% of the state lives in double wides, you need to stop watching movies to get your information on demographics, I have lived here 3 years and have yet to see a double wide. Florida has more double wide communities than here.

    May 1, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jane in North Little Rock

    @Angel...Forrest City is in the clear as far as the tornados go.

    May 1, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sara

    I live in Arkansas- Hot Springs County to be exact and have been listening to the radio all night. The three deaths have come out of Scotland, Arkansas. I have also heard that there are at least 25 severely injured in Scotland. Clinton, Arkansas has been hit again along with Choctaw, Stone County, and Center Ridge. It is a very dangerous situation in Van Buren County right now. Also, the East End community of Little Rock has been hit pretty severely. Officials sent rescue teams to East End and just as they were getting there they were hit again and told to take cover. I live in Malvern, Arkansas and we have been under a tornado warning tonight, but have seemed to dodge the storm. We are experiencing severe rain and flooding but other than that everything is okay. They have said multiple times tonight that Traskwood, Poyen, and areas around Sheridan should take cover. I have friends in Clinton and Marshall Arkansas who are not answering their phones or responding to any communication. We cannot do much of anything but hope for the best. I just wanted to add a few details in response to the earlier comments. If you have loved ones in Arkansas I would recommend getting ahold of them and making sure they are okay. Thank you all for the prayers coming this way, and I will continue to pray for those in Van Buren county and other areas that have been hit.

    May 1, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lady B

    Are the storms headed towards Parkin or Wynne Ark? I live in chicago and have family there:(

    May 1, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Micky

    TWCBreaking Potentially LARGE tornadic circulation now entering western Poinsett Co., AR! Waldenburg, Weiner, Fisher DIRECTLY IN THE PATH!!!

    May 1, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. ANGEL

    I CAN SLEEP BETTER NOW THANK YOU. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO EVERYONE AFFECTED BY THIS! EVERYONE BE SAFE! I LIVE IN ATLANTA AND THESE STORMS ARE EXPECTED HERE BY MONDAY.

    May 1, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Braedon Peyton

    Lady B and anyone else http://www.arkansasmatters.com has the live streaming of our weather reports, you can check up on what areas are effected in case you have family down here.

    May 1, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
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