2 tornadoes confirmed in central Arkansas as of Thursday evening



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The National Weather Service in Little Rock has confirmed two tornadoes hit central Arkansas Thursday. 

An EF0 tornado occurred in the Sherwood-Gibson area, and an EF0 tornado also hit west of Cabot in Pulaski County.

Additional surveys for southwest Little Rock and Jackson County are scheduled for Friday.

Original Story:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – One injury has been reported after severe weather leaves damage in parts of Central Arkansas.

Tornado warnings were issued early Thursday afternoon when the storms moved in across Pulaski, Faulkner, Lonoke, White counties. There were also flash flood warnings in those areas.

Photos we received from the southwest side of town showed damage to buildings along Interstate 30 in the Mabelvale area and further away near Scott Hamilton Drive.

One photo showed a tree blocking part of Frontage Road near exit 130 and building damage to shops. You could see metal siding hanging off and insulation that had been blown into fences.

The Little Rock Police Department says the one storm-related injury was a man who was in a car when a street sign flew into his vehicle in southwest Little Rock near Interstate 30.

Trees and power lines have been reported down across in the areas noted above and also in North Pulaski County around Sylvan Hills and Macon.

Storm reports from the National Weather Service Office in Little Rock included:
0245 PM – Tornado – 3 miles southeast of Swifton on Hwy. 226 reported by law enforcement.
0235 PM – Flash flood in North Little Rock. Multiple roads closed due to flooding including Pershing and Percy Machin, Crystal Hill at Kelly, Crystal Hill at Wild River Country, Faulkner Lake Rd. between I-440 and Hwy. 391 and Hwy. 165 between Rose and Campbell.
0235 PM – Flash flood 1 mile east-southeast of Center Hill (White Co.). Water flowing over Hwy. 36 at Nature Valley.
0231 PM – Flash flood 6 miles northeast of Conway. Five inches of water over Roster Rd. between Daltry and Middle Rd. A culvert is also washed up.
0220 PM – Flash flood in North Little Rock at Hwy. 365 and MacArthur Dr.
0216 PM – Flash flooding on Otto Rd. in Vilonia (Faulkner Co.)
0152 PM – Tornado reported 2 miles SW of Otto. House reported damaged.
0146 PM – T’storm wind damage 3 miles west-northwest of Cabot (Lonoke Co.). Trees topped and blown down near the intersection of Hwy. 89 and Hwy. 5. Possible tornado.
0142 PM – T’storm wind damage in downtown Little Rock. Damage reported off Interstate 30. Tree reported down blocking part of Frontage Rd. near Exit 130.
0128 PM – T’storm wind damage. 2 miles north of Macon (Pulaski Co.). Roof damage, downed trees, RV damage.
0124 PM – Tornado – 2 miles north-northwest of Sylvan Hills (Pulaski Co.). Trees reported downed.
0115 PM – Flash Flood in North Little Rock. Street flooding on N. Cypress Creek.
1255 PM – T’storm wind damage. Mabelvale (Pulaski Co.) A garage door was blown in and some roofing material was removed from a business at 10601 Otter Creek Blvd. Thunderstorm winds estimated at 60 to 70 MPH.
1252 PM – T’storm wind damage. Mabelvale. A metal shed was damaged along with 8 to 10 trees reported down at Otter Creek and Mabelvale West.  
1228 PM – Flash flood in Hot Springs (Garland Co.) Observed a video of flash flooding along Central Ave. at Files Rd. The intersection was completely underwater and there was a vehicle stranded in the flooding.

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