Watch Dramatic video! Preliminary Damage Survey: in NE AR revealed 2 tornadoes. EF3 Tornado Hits Jonesboro, Local Churches Spring Into Action. JONESBORO, Ark. LAKE CHARLES, La. Twitter Map of the Jonesboro tornado in Arkansas on March 28, 2020. Slideshow continues on the next slide Watch Dramatic video! The hurricane is expected to keep drenching Louisiana and then Arkansas as a tropical storm, causing widespread flash flooding and damage from winds. An EF3 tornado struck Jonesboro, Arkansas, Saturday evening. By Region 8 Newsdesk | August 25, 2020 at 9:47 AM CDT - Updated August 30 at 5:35 PM JONESBORO, Ark. Above: This photo from the Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro, Arkansas, from Sunday, March 29, 2020, shows severe damage inflicted by a tornado late Saturday, March 28. Surveys of storm damage are still being conducted. Nine hours later, it was about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and had not yet weakened into a tropical storm. Police say one person opened fire, striking a woman. Mar 30, 2020 | Headlines. Severe damage was reported to structures and vehicles on … The twister literally lifted a train off its … Tornado flattens buildings, injures 6 people in Jonesboro, Arkansas By Ralph Ellis, Judson Jones and Gene Norman, CNN Updated 0215 GMT (1015 HKT) March 29, 2020 … Edwards said storm surge was measured in the range of 9 feet to 12 feet (2.7 to 3.7 meters) — bad but far less than the 20 feet (6 meters) that had been forecast. Of the 22 injured people, two stayed in the hospital overnight but did not have life-threatening injuries, officials said. Arkansas State Police and other first responders survey the damage from a tornado after it touches down on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the intersection of Clinton School Road and Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro. — Louisiana officials now know of 6 deaths tied to Hurricane Laura. JONESBORO, Ark. — A Confederate general has fallen victim to Hurricane Laura. 43 tornadoes touched down across Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska on this day. Geymann says his family’s OK but “there’s destruction all around” them. Chlorine gas, which can appear in the air as a greenish yellow cloud, was used as a chemical weapon in World War 1. (KAIT) - Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin has issued a citywide curfew for 7 p.m. after a tornado tour through the Craighead County town, damaging multiple businesses and homes. Extensive property damage has been reported; a floating casino that came unmoored hit a bridge. But a Calcasieu Parish official said they asked for public comments, and got 878 written responses against relocating the monument, and only 67 in favor of moving it. Many schools canceled classes or had early dismissals in anticipation of Laura’s arrival. — Tropical Storm Laura is thrashing parts of southern Arkansas with powerful winds and heavy rainfall as the storm system lunges its way through the state after battering the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Abbott on Thursday described seeing roofs sheared off buildings and uprooted trees following aerial tour of the damage near the state border with Louisiana. LAKE CHARLES, LA. The March 28, 2020 tornado was a devastating blow to our city, but we continue to stay strong through it all. Asa Hutchinson declared an emergency and set aside $250,000 for the state to prepare for the hurricane’s impact. JONESBORO, Ark. He said that has led him to hope that there will be less water damage to homes close to the coast, and that damaged homes can be made habitable more quickly. Greg Abbott says his state appeared to have made it through Hurricane Laura with minimal or no loss of life, which he said was a “miracle.”. By Associated Press , Wire Service Content Nov. 16, 2020 Some residents could be seen using chainsaws to clear fallen trees in front of their homes. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told Trump that the situation on the ground “is fluid and challenging,” but the Federal Emergency Management Agency is responding. Tornado in Jonesboro, Arkansas (March 29, 2020) - US News on Dailymotion Most stores were closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A massive tornado struck the city of Jonesboro, Arkansas, on Saturday ar around 5 p.m local time, which left a … KPLC is owned by Atlanta-based Gray Television. "We've already asked you to stay at home for this virus but we're really stressing to stay at home," Elliott said. Vehicles were thrown and mangled, and the local airport sustained severe damage as well. Gov. At least two people are hurt and ambulances are on the scene — Katie Woodall (@ ... More than 6 months after an EF-3 tornado touched down in Jonesboro… The damaged remains of a vehicle lie in a parking lot outside a damaged Ashley HomeStore after the tornado Saturday in Jonesboro. Arkansas Gov. THE TORNADO BEGAN WEAKENING AFTER IT CROSSED HIGHWAY 49 NORTHEAST OF JONESBORO, WITH THE FINAL DAMAGE OBSERVED TO THE NORTHEAST OF BROOKLAND. The storm has left more than 875,000 people without power. The storm is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression overnight as it makes an eastward turn near southern Illinois. The first reported death, of a girl whose house was hit by a tree, was in Leesburg, more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) inland from the coast. Highway 91 in the Egypt area was also closed off to traffic due to downed trees and power lines, according to Jonesboro E … Greg Abbott is crediting the evacuations of thousands of people for preventing deaths in Texas. (KAIT) - Twenty-two years ago on Jan. 21-22, Arkansas saw its largest tornado outbreak in history. BioLab’s Lake Charles plant was built in 1979 and manufactures trichloroisocyanuric acid, chlorinating granules and other chemicals used in such household cleaners as Comet bleach scrub and pool chlorine powder. And the staff continued broadcasting storm news uninterrupted from sister stations elsewhere in Louisiana. And nearly 12 hours after landfall, Abbott says there were still no confirmed fatalities. A tornado touched down near downtown Jonesboro, Arkansas,Saturday evening, with video posted to social media showing extensive damage to a mall, and piles of debris left behind by the tornado strike. Published August 28. Of those three tornadoes, the one that struck Jonesboro has been determined to be an EF-3 with maximum winds of 140 MPH. … The station published photographs online showed part of the tower punched through the roof of the building, and piles of debris scattered inside the broadcast studio. Now the pedestal is empty, and the Confederate statue is in pieces on the ground, victim to a Category 4 hurricane that struck the city early Thursday. MIAMI — The U.S. National Hurricane Center has downgraded Laura to a tropical depression as the storm system crosses Arkansas. That includes city fees. Monitors from agency workers in the area so far have failed to pick up indications of a chlorine leak, Langley said. High CAPE values of 2,000 to 2,800 J/Kg-1 and dew-po… Mayor Harold Perrin and other local officials said there were no deaths after the tornado touched down on Saturday in the city, about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock. 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The Miami-based center said the storm system is expected to continue moving over Arkansas in the night and then on into the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday before reaching the mid-Atlantic States on Saturday. Police say they’re working with plant managers to try and contain the leak. (KAIT) - The remnants of Laura took a toll … A violent tornado has just gone through the city of Jonesboro, Arkansas on Saturday afternoon. Tornado tears through Jonesboro, Arkansas causing severe damage Skip to main content A man, whose age is unknown, died of drowning while aboard a sinking ship. 5:20 PM-Here is a look at the tornado that intensified and moved through Jonesboro, AR this evening around 5 PM. AS THE TORNADO MOVED THROUGH RESIDENTIAL AREAS NORTHEAST OF THE AIRPORT, IT CAUSED EF2 TO ISOLATED EF3 DAMAGE TO HOMES. JONESBORO, Ark. WATCH: Six people were injured Saturday when a massive tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas. Based on the video shared online and pictures of the damage posted on Twitter, it appears the area was heavily damaged by the twister as it traveled and gained in intensity from Jonesboro to Brookland. Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 35 mph (55 kph) late Thursday, according to the hurricane center’s 10 p.m. CDT update. A tornado cut through the heart of Jonesboro, Ark., on Saturday evening, leaving 22 people with minor injuries and damaging a mall, local business and an airport, according to the … LAKE CHARLES, La. The storm system moved northeast into the Midwest where the outbreak would culminate on April 20. Langley said he knew of no other major industrial threats from the storm so far. Forecasters said Laura was centered about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north-northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas. — A large chemical fire has sent a dangerous cloud over Lake Charles, Louisiana, hours after the eye of Hurricane Laura passed directly over the city. Louisiana Gov. LAKE CHARLES, La. Other tornadoes struck Saturday, according to the weather service. Forecasters have issued a string of tornado warnings for Mississippi and Arkansas, where Laura is now a tropical storm. Many homes had wind damage or damage from fallen trees. Arkansas church damaged in tornado spun off from Hurricane Laura ... 15 miles east of Jonesboro, was crumpled, with … By Region 8 Newsdesk | July 22, 2020 at 11:45 AM CDT - Updated July 24 at 9:15 PM JONESBORO, Ark. A large tornado touched down in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on March 28, 2020, at around 5 p.m. local time. Many schools in the southern half of Arkansas opted to cancel classes Thursday or dismiss early because of the storm. The weather service map said power lines were knocked down and roofs blown off in Jackson County, Arkansas. JONESBORO — A reported tornado tore part of the roof from a rural church in northeastern Arkansas as the remnants of Hurricane Laura crossed the state. Updated 2110 GMT (0510 HKT) March 29, 2020 (CNN) A tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas, injuring 22 people and leaving a trail of flattened homes and buildings. The tornado — which touched down just after 5 p.m. local time — caused significant damage to the Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro. Perhaps the most memorable weather event in Arkansas this past Spring was the EF-3 Jonesboro tornado on March 28. LAKE CHARLES, La. It is a potent irritant to the eyes, throat and lungs. Posted by Region 8 News on Thursday, August 27, 2020. (WMC) - The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-3 tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas with winds up to 140 … A tornado rated as EF3 by the National Weather Service office in Memphis tore across southern and eastern Jonesboro around 5 pm CDT. Working on injuries @Region8News pic.twitter.com/BSPxwrFQtJ. WESTLAKE, La. (CNN)A tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas, injuring 22 people and leaving a trail of flattened homes and buildings. BATON ROUGE, La. March 30, 2020. In Orange, Texas and nearby Newton County, Texas, many streets were blocked by large trees that had been toppled by Laura’s powerful winds. A tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas, injuring 22 people and leaving a trail of flattened homes and buildings. — Reports are coming in from people who rode out Hurricane Laura in Louisiana. It will continually be updated as needed. A large tornado touched down in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on March 28, 2020, at around 5 p.m. local time. Both trichloroisocyanuric acid and chlorine are potentially acutely toxic to people and animals if ingested or inhaled. A tornado tore through a small city in Arkansas on Saturday evening, ripping roofs off buildings, flipping cars and prompting a curfew for residents. Residents in the area are being told to close their doors and windows, turn off their air conditioning and stay inside. MAYOR: Citywide curfew at 7 p.m. after tornado hits Jonesboro, damaging multiple businesses, mall, homes in Arkansas tornado Region 8 Newsdesk 3/29/2020. The storm is hitting during the state’s first week back at public school since March. A tornado ripped through the city of Jonesboro, Ark. Six months later: Jonesboro Municipal Airport’s plans after tornado County judge reflects six months after tornado By Miranda Reynolds | September 28, 2020 at 7:35 PM CDT - … It says the system will dump heavy rains in spots, raising the risk of flash floods. The powerful storm struck land near Cameron on the southwest Louisiana coast at about 1 a.m. Thursday. Both governors say the storm surge appears to have been not as bad as they feared. There were 101 tornadoes reported in the United States in March, of which 79 were confirmed. Austin police say two groups of people who had left Port Arthur and Beaumont on the southeast Texas coast got into a large fight in a downtown Austin street at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. (CNN) Six people were injured when a tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas, on Saturday afternoon, Mayor Harold Perrin told CNN affiliate KARK. Police say the leak is at the BioLab chemical manufacturing facility in Westlake. Combined economic losses from March tornadoes reached approximately $2.4 billion. As Covid-19 keeps expanding throughout the U.S. (we all need to keep following social distancing guidelines! — Quentin Winstine (@QWphoto) March 28, 2020. 5:20 PM-Here is a look at the tornado that intensified and moved through Jonesboro, AR this evening around 5 PM. The general manager at KPLC-TV said no one was hurt because all staff members had evacuated from the station hours before Laura’s landfall. The National Weather Service in Little Rock issued 48 tornado warnings that day alone. One picture showed a mangled vehicle in the mall parking lot. — Miranda Reynolds (@MReynoldsKAIT) October 29, 2020 Cheddars was damaged when an EF-3 tornado tore through Jonesboro on March 28. — Hurricane Laura is headed toward Arkansas, where an unusual tropical storm warning has been issued for much of the state. (KAIT) - Months after a tornado ripped through the … The deaths were all caused by trees falling on residences, Edwards said. Most of the tornadoes … Trump said he would visit Texas and Louisiana on Saturday or Sunday to survey the destruction caused by Laura, which Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said has killed at least four people. Tornado Victims Can Still Receive Cleanup Help - News Release - April 13, 2020; Curfew Lifted in Jonesboro - Tornado News Release - April 4, 2020; City Extends Curfew, Cracks Down on Unlicensed Contractors - Tornado News Release - March 31 2020 (PDF) City Update on Tornado - News Release - March 30, 2020 (PDF) The twister slammed into Jonesboro, … Downed trees and structural damage were reported in some parts of Arkansas at midday Thursday, and more than 30,000 homes and businesses in the state were without electricity. By Region 8 Newsdesk | August 25, 2020 at 9:47 AM CDT - Updated August 30 at 5:35 PM JONESBORO, Ark. The tornado, rated an EF3 by the National Weather Service, carved a path of destruction through the city center. Laura slammed the Gulf Coast early Thursday and roared through Louisiana. The storm moved across Jonesboro around 5 p.m. local time, according to a video posted by the National Weather Service in Little Rock. Tornado in Jonesboro, Arkansas (March 29, 2020) - Daemon Blackfyre - Highlight Series on Dailymotion By Thursday afternoon, crews were clearing debris from streets and fixing power lines. Cheddars announced they were coming to Jonesboro in 2011. Abbott said the hurricane’s storm surge hit the east Texas communities of Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange “pretty hard” overnight and the eye of the hurricane has continued to move about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north along the Texas-Louisiana state line. The South’s Defenders monument has stood since 1915 outside a courthouse in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where local authorities voted 10-4 this month to keep it in place. JONESBORO, Ark. MIAMI, Fla. — Threats from the remnants of Hurricane Laura are continuing hundreds of miles inland and well after nightfall. LAKE CHARLES, La. A tornado tore through nearly 20 miles of the city of Jonesboro, Ark., on Saturday evening, severely damaging multiple properties and injuring at least 22 people, according to local news reports. — People in Jonesboro are trying to salvage what they can after an EF-3 tornado brought 140 mile per hour winds to northeast Arkansas on … Louisiana state environmental officials would be going up into the air over the storm area when cleared by aviation officials, looking for signs of any other industry fires or leaks, he said. Arkansas Official: Tornado Injures 4 People, Destroys Homes Authorities say a tornado in northeast Arkansas left four people injured. Mar 30, 2020 | Headlines. — Louisiana State Police say they’re responding to a chlorine leak at a company that makes chemicals along Interstate 10 just west of Lake Charles, La., which was hard-hit when Hurricane Laura slammed into the Gulf Coast early Thursday. A large EF3 tornado struck the city of Jonesboro, Arkansas, while being streamed live on local news stations, producing major damage to homes, businesses, and a shopping mall. The storm surge that was predicted to be as high as 10 feet (3 meters) before landfall wound up being closer to 3 feet (0.9 meters), he said. By Nearly all businesses appeared to be closed as much of the area was still without electricity. AUSTIN, Texas — Police in Austin, Texas, say a bystander was shot and killed after a fight broke out among 60 people who had fled the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Laura. Surveyors have found damage at hundreds of homes following Saturday's tornado in Jonesboro. On April 19 when a vigorous upper-level trough moved through the Central and Southern Plains and collided with an unstable atmosphere along with strong wind shear and high amounts of moisture, creating a favorable environment for a large tornado outbreak. At the local airport, at least one airplane was overturned, and hangars were damaged. Some of the tornado damage around Jonesboro, AR from the Snapchat stories map. Laura is now a Category 1 hurricane but still blowing hard enough to be deadly. No major damage has been reported from twisters, but tornadoes can be particularly dangerous at night. @NWSMemphis continues to … John Bel Edwards says the fire was burning Thursday morning just outside the city, and he’s advising storm survivors to shelter in place. Craighead County was under a tornado warning with there was a report of a tornado on the ground Thursday night near the Refuge Baptist Church in the western end of Lake City, Arkansas, … The tornado injured at least six people as it rolled through Jonesboro, Arkansas on March 28. As new information comes in, it will be added to this story. Flooding rainfall and damaging winds spread inland over central and northern Louisiana, where the storm made landfall eleven hours earlier as a Category 4 storm. Hutchinson said the state will have search and rescue teams on standby. At a Glance. — A reported tornado tore part of the roof from a rural church in northeastern Arkansas as the remnants of Hurricane Laura crossed the state. @NWSMemphis continues to … @NWSMemphis continues to … Top winds were estimated at … That includes city fees. Edwards says they are only beginning to assess the damage. (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Municipal Airport took on some of the most severe devastation during the March 28, 2020 tornado. . Craighead County was under a tornado warning with there was a report of a tornado on the ground Thursday night near the Refuge Baptist Church in the western end of Lake City, Arkansas, 15 miles east of Jonesboro. Gaynor told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the surge turned out to be less than what was forecast, but he expects significant wind damage to buildings once they do proper surveys of the disaster area. On a Saturday in which an outbreak of severe weather was predicted for the Midwest, a violent tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Ark., causing extensive damage. — A tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas on Saturday, leaving six people hurt after hitting commercial and residential areas in the college town of Jonesboro… She was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m. MIAMI — Hurricane Laura has weakened to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of nearly 70 mph (113 kph). The 2nd tornado touched down … Louisiana State Police Maj. Doug Cain said they received a report that the Isle of Capri’s riverboat casino broke from its mooring and was stuck against the Interstate 10 bridge in Lake Charles. — Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said state officials now know of four deaths tied to Hurricane Laura. Authorities say the storm is now 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Shreveport. — The top part of a large transmission tower snapped and toppled into the studios of a Lake Charles television news station as Hurricane Laura tore across south Louisiana. JONESBORO, Ark. Storm damage in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on Saturday. Demonstrators in Russia braved extreme cold, police brutality and mass arrests, calling for the release of the opposition leader, who was detained last week shortly after returning to the country. — People in Jonesboro are trying to salvage what they can after an EF-3 tornado brought 140 mile per hour winds to northeast Arkansas on Saturday night. Just arrived on Caraway. The Jonesboro, Arkansas tornado on March 28, 2020: A subtle and difficult forecast setting. None were on the coast, having happened in Vernon, Jackson and Acadia parishes. John Bel Edwards said he’s received report of the first fatality from Hurricane Laura in Louisiana, a 14-year-old girl who died when a tree fell on her home in Leesburg. (KAIT) - The remnants of Laura took a toll … Edwards tweeted that people “in the Westlake/Moss Bluff/Sulphur area” should close their windows and doors and turn off their air conditioning units. — Early reports emerging in the wake of Hurricane Laura show less damage than what was feared. Police say the woman was homeless and had not been involved the fight. Including the tornado count from Saturday, this brings our 2020 total to 18. More than 6 months after an EF-3 tornado touched down in Jonesboro, things are starting to get back to normal. A train was also derailed, and 22 injuries occurred in Jonesboro. 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