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Tornado sweeps west and north of Little Rock

April 28, 2014

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (AP) — A tornado swept through rural areas west and north of Little Rock as part of a severe weather outbreak through the central United States.

Television video showed damaged vehicles along a road north of the city Sunday, while another shot showed trees stripped of their leaves and small limbs along Interstate 40 between the suburban communities of Maumelle and Mayflower.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Forecasters issued tornado emergencies for Maumelle, Morgan, Saltillo and Vilonia after storm spotters confirmed a twister on the ground. Traffic was at a standstill on Interstate 40 between Conway and Little Rock.

The storm formed about 10 miles west of Little Rock and crossed the Arkansas River northwest of the city. Forecasters warned it was still on the ground after traveling 30 miles.

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