Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, High Winds and Flooding (DR-1266)

Incident period: January 21, 1999 to January 31, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 23, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

January 25, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As recovery operations begin in Arkansas, President Clinton, FEMA Director Witt, along with Regional, State and local officials, toured the disaster area yesterday. The severe weather that began across the southeast Jan. 21 to 22, produced a new one-day record number of tornadoes in Arkansas. The National Weather Service (NWS) recorded 38 tornadoes on Jan. 21, surpassing Texas' previous record of 20 set in 1991. The system also produced large hail, heavy downpours and high winds.
January 23, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid was been made available today for five tornado-ravaged Arkansas counties under a major disaster declaration issued for the state by President Clinton. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said the President authorized the assistance immediately following a review of the agency's analysis of the state's expedited request for federal relief. The state was hit by a string of deadly tornadoes and other extreme weather starting January 21.

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