Three tornadoes struck in state this week

Posted: January 24, 2018 at 1:02 a.m.

Three tornadoes have now been confirmed in Arkansas storms earlier this week, according to the National Weather Service.

An EF1 twister with winds estimated at between 85 and 90 mph traveled for about 4.3 miles Sunday night in Franklin County, the agency's Tulsa office reported Tuesday.

The weather service said the tornado touched down around 7:40 p.m. more than 3 miles south of Cecil, snapping large tree limbs and damaging a home.

Another EF1 tornado developed less than an hour earlier on the north side of Huntington in Sebastian County, officials said.

That twister, which was on the ground for more than 5 miles, uprooted trees and destroyed a metal-framed structure, according to the weather service. Four chicken houses and some other buildings also were damaged. Winds were estimated at between 85 and 95 mph.

In central Arkansas, an EF1 tornado with estimated winds of 100 mph hit around 12:50 a.m. Monday near the Springhill community in Faulkner County.

Extensive damage was reported along a 2.7-mile path at Needs Creek Missionary Baptist Church and to homes in an adjacent neighborhood.

Fifteen homes in Springhill received minor damage, and five other structures were heavily damaged.

One more survey Tuesday in Johnson County near Woodland determined that damage in that area was the result of straight-line winds that reached between 80 and 85 mph.

NW News on 01/24/2018