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Tornado warning at Black Rock in Arkansas as a destructive storm batters buildings as wild images show people taking shelter

A LARGE destructive tornado has triggered a tornado alert for parts of Arkansas.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a large and extremely dangerous tornado was moving between Sharp, Randolph and Lawrence counties in Arkansas.

A photo of the tornado

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A photo of the tornadoPhoto credit: Twitter
Golfball-sized hail was reported

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Golfball-sized hail was reportedPhoto credit: Twitter

The tornado warning was issued just after 7 p.m. Friday night.

By 8.30am the storm had hit Craighead and Greene counties with large hail and high winds. News from Region 8 reports.

The mayor of Cherokee Village said there is “severe isolated damage” on the town’s west side, according to a tweet.

The damage included clapboards and siding torn from houses.

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Roads were closed due to downed power lines.

Boats on Lake Omaha were overturned and others were yanked from their moorings.

Several roads were closed due to the weather

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Several roads were closed due to the weatherPhoto credit: Twitter
Power lines were pulled down on streets

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Power lines were pulled down on streetsCredit: Facebook
The storm is affecting several areas of Arkansas

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The storm is affecting several areas of ArkansasCredit: NOAA
The tornado is moving fast

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The tornado is moving fastCredit: NOAA

A Cherokee Village resident says the facade of his home has disappeared, cars have been crushed and softball-sized hailstones have rained down.

Region 8 News reported cars overturned on the freeway due to the storm.

The tornado was reported as “life-threatening” by NOAA.

At the height of the storm, the Region 8 news team posted a photo of it on Twitter Shelter in a hallway as the storm was expected to pass north of the station.

Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan and Meteorologist Aaron Castleberry continued to provide live team reports.

By 9:45 a.m. the storm had moved east across the Mississippi.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Yates said a trailer park in Hoxie suffered “a lot of damage.”

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Bobby Allyn

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