Update: 13 Dead As Tornadoes Rake Arkansas

    4:38 PM, Feb 6, 2008   |    comments
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    Wednesday, searchers combed the rubble left by a massive tornado that struck Arkansas Tuesday evening.

    Thirteen people were killed by the tornadoes. At least four tornadoes have been confirmed. Governor Beebe surveyed the damage Wednesday. One massive tornado carved a path through Pope, Conway and Van Buren counties.

    The storm went on to cause more damage across northern Arkansas. Four people died in Pope County, including an Atkins couple and their 11-year-old daughter. They died when the powerful twister hit their home.

    Two more people died in Conway County near Cleveland and three people were killed when the storm hit the town of Clinton in Van Buren County.

    Dozens of Arkansas National Guardsmen are in the damaged areas to help with recovery efforts and security. The tornado tore a long path from Pope County into northern Arkansas near Ash Flat.

    National Weather Service meteorologists said preliminary surveys show the tornado ranked as an EF-3 on the enhanced Fujita scals. Damage continued as the tornado tracked from Conway County into Van Buren County and struck a boat factory in Clinton.

    Authorities in Clinton have imposed a 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew. The city of Conway sent firefighters and heavy machinery to Clinton to help with rescue and recovery. Conway Regional Medical Center treated injured storm victims Tuesday night. Most of the injuries involved cuts, bruises and broken bones.

    Damage is also reported in Baxter county, where a mobile home park was reportedly damaged. Spotters also reported seeing a tornado near Gassville and Wonderville in north-central Arkansas.

    At least one fatality was reported in Gassville. Authorities reported damage and one fatality as a tornado moved through the Mountain View area. A hospital in Mountain View was damaged and patients moved to other facilities.

    Two people died when the storm swept through the Highland community in Izard County. Schools, the fire department and businesses were damaged when the storm hit the Highland area.

    (Copyright 2008 by Today's THV/KTHV Little Rock)

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