The Latest: Storm winds leave trail of damage in Arkansas
Apr. 14, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a potent spring storm that swept across the Great Plains and Midwest: (all times local):
Strong winds have left considerable damage in their wake in several parts of Arkansas.
At the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, several buildings incurred roof damage, with part of one roof landing on and crushing a vehicle.
In a social media post late Friday, the university reported roof damage to an all-female freshman dormitory, Carmichael Hall, prompted its evacuation with students being moved to the student center. No injuries were reported.
In Mountain Home in northern Arkansas, authorities evacuated a nursing home after the roof was severely damaged. Police say no injuries were reported.
Across Arkansas, winds snapped tree limbs and utility poles and downed power lines.
A tornado has ripped through a tiny town in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas, injuring at least four people.
The twister struck Mountainburg, Arkansas, about 4 p.m. Friday as a line of severe thunderstorms rumbled across eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
Crawford County Emergency Management Director Brad Thomas said there were at least three entrapments as the tornado moved through the town of 624 residents about 20 miles northeast of Fort Smith. He said at least four people were taken to hospitals, but he didn't know their conditions.
Video from the scene showed uprooted trees, overturned cars, damaged buildings and downed power lines.
A potent spring storm is raking the Plains and Midwest.
Blizzard conditions shut down a long stretch of Interstate 90 in South Dakota on Friday and Gov. Dennis Daugaard has closed some state government offices. Dozens of schools canceled classes.
A National Weather Service blizzard warning covers an area including most of Nebraska and sprawls from northeast Colorado to southeast Minnesota.
The National Weather Service says parts of Nebraska could get up to 14 inches of snow, with up to 10 inches in Iowa. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph will make travel hazardous.
Parts of Michigan are bracing for a weekend ice storm.
Forecasters say there is a risk of tornadoes south and east of the expected snow, with the focus of that activity in Arkansas on Friday.