Tornado hits Southern Us
A large Tornado has hit Southern United States. Ten deaths have been reported so far but the full extent will not be known until after sunrise. More twisters have been forecasted to be on their way as local emergency crews comb the debris of the hardest hit towns.
James Firestone, Mayor of Arkansas town of Velonia has described the scene as “completely leveled. There’s a few buildings partially standing, gas lines spewing. Fire lines down. We’ve had some casualties.” Arkansas TV station had images of overturned cars and houses in rubbles.
Oklahoma was also hit by a tornado in the town of Quapaw. Keli Cain of the Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency said ‘There have been numerous homes and buildings damaged and some destroyed. She went on to cite local authority who said a fire station had been destroyed and the northern part of the town has been damaged.
Mike Beebe, Arkansas Governor responded on twitter to the incident “It’s been a truly awful night for many families, neighborhoods and communities, but Arkansans always step up to help each other recover.” The National Weather Service has warned of a “high risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes” across much of Arkansas.