Arkansas storms left 5 dead, floods and damaged homes, Gov Mike Beebe declares State of Emergency

By on Apr 26, 2011 in Natural Disasters, United States Comments

Strong storms hit Arkansas on Monday night and leaving 5 casualties and destroyed homes, which later made Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to declare a state of emergency.

Flood in Johnson, Arkansas (April 25, 2011)
Image Credit: Beth Hall/Associated Press

According to US news sites on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, there are at least five people dead and numerous houses were destroyed in Arkansas on Monday after devastating storms hit the area.

Reports say that there are 60 people unaccounted for or declared missing, as a tornado also struck Little Rock Air Force base and heavy floods poured in some towns.

A state of emergency was eventually declared by the state governor, as series of tornadoes were felt in different areas.

One casualty was reported and nearly 16 homes have been destroyed in the town of Vilonia, while Faulkner County spokesman Stephan Hawks said there are two others and damaged around 50 to 80 houses.

Meanwhile, Madison County Sheriff Phillip Morgan told reports that two dead bodies were found as their car was swept by floods on highway in Huntsville.

Authorities said that around 15,000 homes are now without power in the entire Arkansas state, affecting about 100,000 residents.

A church was also destroyed in Morgan, Arkansas as told by the state police, just northwest of Little Rock, as the heavy storms are being expected to move to Illinois and Wisconsin on Tuesday.

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