Storm system likely spewed 11 tornadoes in Arkansas, agency reports

18 April, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Meteorologists say a possible tornado touched down from Lexington to Irmo Sunday afternoon.

"It's not going to be as much snow as this one, thankfully", said meteorologist Eric Ahasic at the National Weather Service in Minnesota.

Two of those twisters were ranked EF-2 storms, while six others were confirmed as EF-1 tornadoes, according to survey reports released by the agency's North Little Rock, Tulsa, Shreveport and Jackson offices.

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Deadly slow-moving storms generating record snowfall and low temperatures in the US Midwest moved eastward on Sunday (April 15), leaving stranded airline travellers and thousands without power.

A spring blizzard grounded almost 500 flights at Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. Two tornadoes have been confirmed in the state. On Saturday, the storm caused the cancellation of almost 470 flights at the airport.

In Wisconsin, Tigerton and Big Falls, got more than 2 feet of snow over the weekend, the National Weather Service reported. Parts of the state that were already blanketed were getting a second helping of snow on Sunday.

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There have been three deaths blamed on the storm system, which stretched from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.

Some power lines fell and debris blew onto roads, Turner said. A few trees also landed on homes and vehicles. The damage found was consistent with an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of 100 miles per hour. The tornado hit in the Ozark National Forest damaging and uprooting numerous trees and snapping a power pole during it's five mile path. Miller said the wind tore some shingles off of roofs, and an aluminum roof flew off of a church.

No injuries were reported, he said.

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