Tornado outbreak leaves deadly path of destruction through Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A storm surge that began in the early hours of Friday night created tornadoes that devastated communities across Arkansas and left at least two people dead.

Authorities in the small town of Monette in northeastern Arkansas declared a state of emergency and asked people to shelter in place.

Based on report from KAIT-TV, emergency crews are heading to the Monette Manor area, where there are numerous reports of damage.

Crews at the scene said at least two people died at the nursing facility, and five others were injured. There were also reports of around 20 people trapped under collapsed sections of the building.

Power outages spiked statewide as the night dragged on, with more than 29,000 customers without power by around 8:20 p.m.

The storms also caused the Arkansas Activity Association to postpone the 2A High School Soccer Championship game at War Memorial Stadium between McCrory and Fordyce. The game will now be played on Sunday afternoon.

This is an evolving story. Please check back for updates. Tornado outbreak leaves deadly path of destruction through Arkansas


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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