National Weather Service confirms several tornado touchdowns in Southeast Arkansas

Four tornadoes have been confirmed in Southeast Arkansas following  Friday night/Saturday morning’s storms. One tornado was confirmed in Drew County, while three have been confirmed in Ashley County.

Information on each tornado can be found below.

Jerome (Drew County) Tornado
Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 100 MPH
Path Length /Statute/: 0.81 Miles
Path Width/Maximum/: 150 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start Date: 1/11/20
Start Time: 3:24 a.m.
Start Location: 0.2 S of Jerome
Start Lat/Lon: 33.3949 / -91.4714
End Date: 1/11/20
End Time: 3:26 AM CST
End Location: 0.7 E of Jerome
End Lat/Lon: 33.3980 / -91.4579

Summary: A brief EF-1 tornado was found just south of the town of Jerome in Drew County. The tornado struck a series of large industrial grain and feed silos and caused substantial damage. One of the silos had its foundation ripped out of the ground and it was bolted into concrete in several places. The roof of another large silo was blown downwind at least a half mile and fell apart into pieces. Electrical poles were snapped and trees were snapped at the trunk or uprooted along this short path.

West Crossett (Ashley County) Tornado
Rating: EF1
Estimated Peak Wind: 108 mph
Path Length /statute/: 4.47 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 650.0 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start Date: 01/11/2020
Start Time: 02:45 AM CST
Start Location: 3 NW West Crossett / Ashley County / AR
Start Lat/Lon: 33.1768 / -92.0576
End Date: 01/11/2020
End Time: 02:52 AM CST
End Location: 3 WNW North Crossett / Ashley County / AR
End Lat/Lon: 33.1856 / -91.9813

Summary: This tornado started in the swamp area on the eastern side of Felsenthal NWR and tracked roughly due east and dissipated just after crossing Hancock Rd. At the start, a few trees were damaged and that continued as the tornado tracked along Ashley 299 Rd. Some trees were uprooted along this part of the path. The tornado intensified as it neared Ashley 14 Rd and widened. Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped. Several outbuildings were damaged along with other minor damage to some homes with shingles off. Along a portion of Ashley 14 Rd, heavy tree damage was noted along with several homes having trees on them. Numerous power lines were down as well. The tornado then weakened some with mostly minor type tree damage. Intensity increased again as it crossed Hancock Rd. Here Beulahland Church sustained moderate roof damage along with two other homes having roof damage. Several power lines and poles were down as well. The tornado quickly dissipated just east of Hancock Road.

Milo (Ashley County) Tornado

Rating: EF1
Estimated Peak Wind: 105 mph
Path Length /statute/: 9.38 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 800.0 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 1
Start Date: 01/11/2020
Start Time: 02:54 AM CST
Start Location: 6 NNW North Crossett / Ashley County / AR
Start Lat/Lon: 33.2576 / -91.9609
End Date: 01/11/2020
End Time: 03:04 AM CST
End Location: 2 NNW Hamburg / Ashley County / AR
End Lat/Lon: 33.256 / -91.8033

Summary: This tornado started just west of Highway 133 near Ashley 181 Rd and traveled roughly eastward to just east of Highway 425 where it dissipated N of Hamburg. At the start, scattered trees were damaged. As the tornado approached Highway 133, intensity increased and more were snapped and uprooted. A few power lines were down as well. Along Highway 133, two areas of focused damage were noted. One area had a few dozen trees uprooted and one large tree was on a mobile home. The other area was at the Trinity Church, here some roof damage occurred to the main building and the covered walkway was blown away. Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped along Ashley 497 Rd and the Egypt Church building sustained damage. The large front covering was destroyed and the roof has some damage. Along Ashley 470 Rd, heavy tree damage was noted along with several power lines down. Some homes had minor roof damage here as well as along Ashley 471 Rd. Uprooted and snapped trees continued along the path. As the the tornado crossed Highway 189, a strong surge was noted on the N side of the path where a focused corridor of trees were damaged. Here a couple trees were down on a mobile home. On the southern side of the path, at the intersection of Ashley 492 Rd, several homes sustained roof damage with tin and insulation thrown. Trees were down here as well. The tornado continued across a wooded area where it crossed Ashley 491 Rd, then Highway 425 before dissipating just east of Highway 425. There was 1 indirect injury which occurred during clean up after the tornado.

North Crossett (Ashley County) Tornado

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length /statute/:  10.38 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   800.0 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0
Start Date:             01/11/2020
Start Time:             02:55 AM CST
Start Location:         1 NW North Crossett / Ashley County / AR
Start Lat/Lon:          33.1761 / -91.9441
End Date:               01/11/2020
End Time:               03:08 AM CST
End Location:           3 SE Hamburg / Ashley County / AR
End Lat/Lon:            33.1835 / -91.766

Summary: This tornado started just off Highway 133 and continued just east of north where it dissipated just before reaching Highway 8, SE of Hamburg. At the start, just a few trees were uprooted, some of which took a power line down along Highway 133. The tornado increased in intensity and width as it crossed Binnis Loop Rd. More trees were uprooted or snapped and a couple homes sustained some roof damage. One large shed was destroyed with fragments of the roof thrown across the road. The tornado traveled along Highway 52 for quite a while. Along this part of the path, numerous trees were uprooted and snapped. Some power lines and poles were down as well. Quite a bit of uprooted trees were noted on the S side of the country club. The tornado moved over the airport where one large hangar had roof damage and the back wall had panels blown out. As the tornado neared Highway 425, the center was to the north side of Highway 52 and continued to snap and uproot trees. As it crossed Highway 425, numerous trees were snapped and uprooted. Moving ENE, the tornado began to weaken and dissipated just after crossing Ashley 312 Rd.

NOTE: The Information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS Storm Data.