April 25th, 2011
09:11 PM ET

Tornado approaching Arkansas town, weather service says

A confirmed tornado is approaching the town of Romance, Arkansas, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service urged residents of Romance to take cover immediately.

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  1. TvNYC

    Hope everyone makes it safe. It's sad but this earth is not safe any longer!

    April 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      What do you mean "any longer" It's as safe now as it always has been.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      It'd take it a step up--we're safer than we were years ago. Gotta love these people who always think the world is ending. Disaster is a part of life. This is a dynamic place.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Maxx

    Nowhere do I see a "confirmed" tornado; just a tornado warning – a severe tstorm capable of producing one.

    April 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • kasey

      No, moron, a tornado warning means they have spotted one, a tornado watch means the conditions are right. Get your facts straight.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • flipdac

      @ kasey: Don't call someone a moron unless you actually know what you are talking about. You will find that many tornado warning bulletins read "NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
      SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO..."

      The NWS will issue tornado warnings when forecasters see a velocity couplet on radar, indicating a strong mesocyclone aloft, not necessarily a tornado on the ground.

      April 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @flipdac – is a tornado less a tornado if not on the ground? Pick nits much? Tornado Warning means they see something on radar that appears to them to be a tornado forming. They don't know if it's on the ground til chasers get there, and with rainwrap and other factors, might not know til the storm clears. Tornado Warning, take cover, it's coming.

      April 26, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Maxx

    I stand corrected:

    Romance, White County.

    Tornado, reported by trained spotter.

    A spotter witnessed a tornado pass across his
    property... blowing a roof off of an outbuilding.

    April 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dex

    Wow, talk about being "Caught in a bad romance."

    April 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • furunculus

      dur hur hur hur...

      April 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yesbutno

    God hates the south

    April 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Munchkin Land

    Theres no place "Like home, flying through the air". La la la la la la

    April 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dcgirl

    Arkansas got hit very hard. Vilonia, Morgan, LRAFB and many more places were damaged. Very bad situation. So far, no fatalities.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dcgirl

    I use to live there and still have many friends and family there- be compassionate please.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PA_NWS_Spotter

    Although I appreciate CNN's efforts to boost tornado awareness amidst this intense season, posting a tornado warning as a news clip doesn't really accomplish anything. What needs to be done is education – train everyone how to fast become aware of a tornadic thunderstorm in their area. Steps include: 1) Know what day and what time it's supposed to get bad out 2) Stay near a TV, computer, or 3G/4G phone that can get warnings and radar picture 3) Know what a tornadic storm looks like both on radar (hook echo) and in person (mesocyclone, wall cloud, funnel cloud, inflow jet). That's pretty much all you need, aside from taking cover or getting out of the way. If your county is warned and it's night time or blinding rain, you should already be in a low area. If you are not in a position to be aware, then you're a sitting duck.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      It does seem silly to put it here. A day and a half later, it'll still say tornado closing on romance

      April 26, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. OpenGreenSpace

    A lot of the homes in that area are already in dis-repair or foreclosed on. Now would be a good time to remove the debris from the destroyed homes and create open green space.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • cici

      @ greenopenspaces, Nancy & mmmmmm....where do you all live?

      April 26, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nancy

    Thank god all are safe. But damages in these regions could exceed $12.50.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Nancy your estimates excluded the beer bottles and moonshine stills...

      April 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GinnyT

    National Weather Service definition for a TORNADO EMERGENCY –
    a TORNADO EMERGENCY means that significant, widespread damange with a high likelihood of numerous fatalities is expected to continue with a strong and violet tornado. A tornado emergency is not a new warning product, but a new visible and high impact call-to-action.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TvNYC

    Nancy that was funny. This world is safe? Yeah right... We didn't have car accidents, plane crashes, pollution, nuclear plants, global warming...150 years ago so whoever said that this world is safer now than ever, think again. I forgot to mention all the guns many convicts have illegally! So think before you speak dumbo. I'm still the most intelligent blogger CNN has, ask Obama I'm his advisor!

    Stupid!

    April 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill Blimpton

    Sadly,some damage down here..but on the bright side,my cigars are unscathed.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tiffany

    What time did the tornado hit? I just heard about it and my Grandma lives down in Romance, I don't want to wake her up if she has went to bed. I pray that everyone's alright.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
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