WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service (NWS) reports severe weather, including high winds, tornadoes, heavy rains and hail, moved across southeastern Arkansas earlier this week. Local officials report the April 26 storm caused damage in Polk, Clark, Russell and Yell counties.
In Russell County, a tornado damaged several buildings, mostly roofs, and injured two people. There were also reports of downed power lines and trees and damage to vehicles. Some low-lying areas experienced localized flooding.
In Trinity (Clark County), winds of up to 63 mph were reported and straight-line winds destroyed a 100-year old church. Parts of Yell County received up to six inches of rain in 12 minutes, causing some flash flooding and minor damage.
The Arkansas Office of Emergency Services is handling requests for assistance from local officials. FEMA's regional office in Denton, Texas (Region VI) has been in contact with state officials and continues to monitor the situation.