Update: Ten Confirmed Tornadoes In Central Arkansas

    5:45 PM, Apr 7, 2008   |    comments
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    The Little Rock National Weather Service spent the weekend surveying tornado damage throughout Saline, Pulaski, and Lonoke counties. Survey teams have confirmed that eight tornadoes touched down across Central Arkansas. All of these tornadoes were the result of one parent storm. (See links below picture for videos and previous stories.) The first tornado left a 2.7-mile path of destruction near Benton that ran through the Hurricane Lake Mobile Home Park. The second traveled about 2.6 miles along the ground just north of Bryant. The weather service rated both tornadoes as an EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of tornado severity. That means the tornadoes had winds of between 111-135 mph. A third tornado traveled about 8 miles along the ground just northwest of Benton. The team rated that an EF1, meaning it had winds of 86-110 mph. In Pulaski County a fourth tornado touched down near Interstate 630 and John Barrow Road before crossing the Arkansas River towards Burns Park in North Little Rock. The tornado in the capital city had a 4.8-mile path. The Little Rock tornado was rated an EF-1. The tornado knocked down numerous trees and powerlines and destroyed homes in Leawood and Cammack Village. A fifth tornado began near the intersection of Camp Robinson Road and Donovan Briley Boulevard. It passed through the southeast corner of Camp Robinson moved on to the North Little Rock airport, where it damaged numerous aircraft and passed over the Little Rock National Weather Service Office. A sixth tornado was confirmed in Lonoke County. This EF-2 tornado tracked 3.5 miles southwest of Cabot through residential areas in Cabot and ended one mile southeast of Ward. A self-storage wharehouse building was destroyed and numerous houses sustained roof damage. The seventh tornado tracked from just east of Gravel Ridge to east-northeast of the town. The tornado was on the ground just less than a mile. A tree was blown onto a house and another on a mobile home. The tornado was rated an EF-1. The eighth tornado began about 2.6 miles north of Jacksonville, ending about two miles to the north-northeast. The tornado was rated an EF-1. The tornado downed trees and a billboard. It began in a remote area on the east side of Little Rock Air Force Base. Monday afternoon, two more tornado tracks were identified. The ninth tornado began about four miles northwest of Bismarck and was about four miles long in Hot Spring County. The tornado was rated an EF-1. Damage was confined to a valley area with dozens of trees blown down. One house sustained roof damage. A tenth tornado track began about 7.6 miles east of Lake Hamilton and ended 3.2 miles west-southwest of Jones Mill in Hot Spring and Garland counties. The damage path was 1.7 miles long with the tornado rated an EF-1. Hundreds of trees were downed by the storm. For more information on the April 3 tornadoes click he link below the picture.

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