At least 17 were killed as powerful tornadoes left a path of destruction across towns throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa, sending shockwaves throughout the south central U.S. on Sunday evening.
A tornado up to a half-mile wide that stayed earthbound for up to 80 miles sliced through the suburbs of Little Rock, Ark. Vilonia High Schoolin Vilonia, Ark., took a direct hit from the tornado. The WeatherBug camera at the school captured these exclusive views — watch as the skies go from cloudy to complete darkness as the tornado hit. Soon after, the camera and the weather station went offline:
This brief video clearly shows the funnel cloud of one tornado:
A powerful tornado touched down in Mayflower, Ark. tearing down trees and power lines and smashing buildings in its path. We’re humbled that our network, the largest in the world, provided 15 minutes of warning to this tornado over other weather apps — and hope these alerts helped keep people in the storm’s path safer.
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In Baxter Springs, Kansas, another tornado destroyed up to 100 homes and businesses – including this bowling alley — and dozens are reported injured.
Reports of tornado activity are also coming in from Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and Mississippi. The damage is so widespread that it may take several days for officials to determine the scope and severity of these tornadoes.
The same weather system that triggered Sunday’s rash of violent weather in the Mid-South will produce more dangerous thunderstorms today. This time the Lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys and Gulf Coast are at risk for gusty winds, strong tornadoes and large hail.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities whose lives have been devastated by the violent weather.