November 28, 2005

Tornadoes, storms hit Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - At least one person was
killed and dozens of homes, house trailers and farm buildings
were damaged or destroyed when tornadoes and severe
thunderstorms roared through mostly rural areas of Arkansas on
Sunday night.

"I can confirm that one person is dead because of the high
winds, and I can confirm that we are lucky that thus far, only
one person is dead," said Bill Sadler, a spokesman for the
Arkansas State Police.

The single reported fatality occurred when storm winds
overturned an automobile on Interstate 40 near Morrilton, about
40 miles west of Little Rock. There was no immediate accounting
of storm-related injuries.

Damage to homes, farm outbuildings and a marina were
reported in nine counties, most of them in central Arkansas.
The high winds also brought down power lines, leaving almost
8,000 homes and businesses without electricity.

The tornadoes developed when a cold front collided with a
mass of unseasonably warm, moist air that had hovered over the
state for several days.

A tornado earlier in November killed 23 people in Indiana.