More than 70,000 people are without powerfulness successful Arkansas aft astatine slightest 1 large, fast-moving tornado ripped done the Little Rock metro country Friday afternoon, causing extended damage.
The tornado, which was confirmed astatine astir 2:25 p.m., touched down rapidly amid a almighty tempest surge crossed the authorities and destroyed homes and vehicles arsenic it moved done Little Rock. There had been aggregate tempest and upwind warnings successful the state, according to KTHV, a section CBS affiliate.
Hospitals successful the country are bracing for an influx of patients. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has declared a wide casualty event, and Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services has estimated upwards of 600 injuries successful the area, KTHV reported.
Students sheltered successful place arsenic the catastrophic tempest barreled through.
Video connected societal media captured the tornado arsenic it moved done Little Rock.
Other footage showed its aftermath.
The tempest is portion of a wide way of terrible upwind spanning overmuch of the Midwest. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch connected Friday day spanning 12 states and stretching from eastbound Texas each the mode northbound to Chicago.