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Possible tornado injures several people in Arkansas

Source: Reuters - Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:29 AM
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Dec 21 (Reuters) - A possible tornado in eastern Arkansas injured several people and damaged a few homes on Saturday near the town of Hughes, officials said

The wind storm struck at about 4 p.m., said dispatcher Lynn Morgan of the Saint Francis County Sheriff's Office.

"We have deputies out there and are trying to account for everyone and to see what we've got," Morgan said. Ambulances were called to the scene, another dispatcher said.

Tommy Jackson, spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, said one person was seriously hurt and two suffered lesser injuries in the storm. Two homes were destroyed and three damaged in the storm, he said.

The storm has not yet been classified as a tornado by the National Weather Service and no other possible tornadoes had been reported on Saturday in the state, he said.

The possible tornado struck a few miles (km) west of Hughes, a town of 1,400 people about 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Memphis near the eastern border of Arkansas, officials said.

A turbulent weather system spawned the twister, which was moving from the south central United States into the Midwest, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service has posted tornado watches on the southern end of the system and winter storm warnings to include ice, sleet and 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) of snow from eastern Kansas into Michigan late on Saturday and early Sunday. (Reporting By Kevin Murphy in Kansas City, Missouri, Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Sandra Maler)

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