Storms kill 6 in Arkansas, Missouri
December 31st, 2010
05:05 PM ET

Storms kill 6 in Arkansas, Missouri

[Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET] A line of fast-moving storms and possible tornadoes stretching from the Gulf Coast states to Illinois left at least six people dead Friday and caused widespread damage to homes and businesses, as forecasters warned of more potentially severe weather.

Three people died in the small northwestern Arkansas town of Cincinnati, which reported power outages after the strong storm went through, said Ann Upton, the county's emergency management deputy.

Two additional fatalities occurred in Dent County, Missouri, according to Salem police spokeswoman Wanda Suhr.

Another storm-related death occurred at a home just north of Rolla, Missouri, about 106 miles southwest of St. Louis, according to Phelps County Emergency Management spokeswoman Sandy North.

The storm also left 12 people injured and caused damage in Benton County, Arkansas, near the state lines with Oklahoma and Missouri, officials said.

[Initial post, 11:19 a.m. ET] At least three people were killed and five critically injured after a suspected tornado hit northwestern Arkansas Friday morning, authorities said.

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  1. kuuipo

    Thank God that is all that happened. it could have been worse, it could have been you and your house! my condolences to the families who are suffering from the tornado.

    December 31, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      If there WAS such a thing as a 'god', then it wouldn't have let this happen.

      December 31, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Veritas

    Thoughts and prayers with victims and families

    December 31, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ThomasD

    Lets see how many posts it takes for someone to come in and start bashing religion. Im guessing less than 10. That being said, prayers and comfort to all those effected.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Drummer boy

    Shot out to my birth state RAZORBACKS ROCKS!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. diswiddlepiggy

    It was an interesting morning here in NW Arkansas, to put it mildly. Those three people and their family are in my thoughts.

    December 31, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Even if there were no true God, who could argue that the priciples found in the bible are not better than those laid down by corrupt politicians and their appointed judges?

    December 31, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • .

      They're not.

      December 31, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    @ lol...why does God allow these things to occur? Because he is patient with us. When God ruled ancient Israel, they prospered. But then they demanded to have a human ruler even though God had warned them of the associated dangers. So Saul became King, and before long things weren't going so well in Israel. God is giving us plenty of time, allowing we humans to rule ourselves for thousands of years. As is evident from the problems facing mankind today, we simply do not have the power to control these disasters and epidemics. And really, many of us would still rather see man-made laws that allow for doing things condemned by the bible. But this will not go on forever. Soon, the earth will be a warm paradise filled with good people, and all the people who live debauched lives and all the people greedily raping this earth for profit will be gone, and God's Kingdom will rule. After that, I guarantee you we will never demand of him a human king ever again.

    December 31, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    That's how the bible truly describes the future awaiting us. The world's major "Christian" religions lie to you about this because they are in bed with the human governments. They tell you that if you do not obey, God will see to it that you burn in hell. They also support the war-machines in whatever country they happen to reside, even preaching our children onto the battlefield in the name of God. Imagine a world without these corrupt political and religious leaders, where everyone get's along just fine without them. That is the future world the bible truly describes, not a world destroyed by God as if the earth is to blame. If you believe in God or not, try studying the bible for yourself rather than taking some man-made religon's word on it. I investigated the bible for years hoping it was wrong, and planning on proving it. My plan backfired.

    December 31, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SKRILLA GORILLA

    Sweet Jesus! Quit talking about religion!

    December 31, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      They have to...it's their insecurity showing.

      December 31, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ThomasD

    Nicely said, Phil (again). What people normally bash as religion or, Christianity, isnt that at all. It has become every bit as corrupt as our world governments. Worse, even, since they claim to be teaching the word of God.

    December 31, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    I was simply answering someone's question. I wasn't "talking about religion", I was condemning these religions, just using a different method than the one you use.

    December 31, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    Thank you Thomas. These religions alway's meddleing in governmental affairs. Soon, these same government's will turn on them at the people's request. I hope to live long enough to see it happen.

    December 31, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Condolences to all of the families involved....

    'Tis strange weather, indeed!

    You win, Thomas...less than 10! *sigh*

    I really don't think most people read through the entire thread before posting. Must be too much for some people to read!

    December 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT

    sad thing is they were not able to identify the bodies, none of them had teeth and all the dna was the same.

    December 31, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nichole

    I would like to say thank you for the prayers and positive thoughts. We need them in this trying time. My 8 year old daughter was at her grandparents house when one of the tornados went through less than a block from their home. So before you all start bashing religion and making inbred comments please remember that there were several children shaken and terrified by these storms. Please continue to pray for all those affected by this terrible disaster.

    December 31, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
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