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.
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.
Roads were closed due to downed power lines.
Boats on Lake Omaha were overturned and others were yanked from their moorings.
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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