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Winds tossed cars hundreds of yards

Twister path jagged, power up and down

Posted: May 2, 2014 at 3:19 a.m.

Carrie Smith (left) of Judsonia hugs her friend Melissa Bradley near the remains of Bradley’s home Thursday on Cemetery Road in Vilonia. Bradley’s 13-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old baby sitter survived Sunday’s tornado huddling in a closet.

Sunday’s tornado that killed 15 people in central Arkansas reached its maximum strength as it bore down on Vilonia, bending steel anchor bolts that held houses to their foundations and tossing cars hundreds of yards, a detailed National Weather Service survey of damage reveals.

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Graphic of tornadoes in Arkansas

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Kim Magnus leafs though a Bible found in the rubble of the Tittle home Thursday near Paron. Magnus and other members of the B... (By: Melissa Gerrits)

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