Damaging storms leaving area

Posted: January 29, 2013 at 3:04 p.m.
Updated: January 29, 2013 at 3:43 p.m.

Volunteers, neighbors and emergency personnel work Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, to recover personal items from Orvetta Cox's home on Hummingbird Road in Fayetteville after the house was damaged by storms.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning Tuesday afternoon for an area southwest of Fayetteville. The warning expired at about 3:25 p.m. It was unclear whether a tornado touched down in Washington County.

A tornado was reported near Natural Dam, moving northeast, according to a notice from the National Weather Service. A significant weather advisory stated penny-sized hail and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour would be possible in Washington, Benton, Carroll and Madison Counties. The storms were predicted leave the area during the early evening.

Several school districts, including Fayetteville, Springdale, and Prairie Grove, held students briefly after school because of the severe weather. A man on a scooter was swept off a low-water bridge at Wilson Park, but was pulled to safety by friends before emergency responders arrived, said Sgt. Craig Stout of the Fayetteville Police Department.