Unfortunately, the storms last night reinforced his findings as 7 people died last night across the Natural State according to various sources. The warnings were there, but getting them to people has always been an issue. This is why we ask everyone to sign up for weather call 7 or buy a NOAA weather radio! Our prayers go out to all those affected by the storms last night. It's a tragedy beyond comprehension and it makes those of us covering the severe weather to wonder what we could have done differently to save lives.
I spoke with meteorologist John Robinson this Friday morning. He's with the National Weather Service office in North Little Rock. John will be conducting storm surveys all over the state for the next several days. He says it will be difficult in determining what's thunderstorm wind damage and what's tornado damage. Here's a quote from his email to me this morning.
"These surveys will be more difficult than usual. We have a lot of
thunderstorm wind damage that many people will think was tornado
damage. Some of the storms that radar indicated could have produced
tornadoes were in the same areas where we know we had thunderstorm wind
damage , so we'll have to try to sort out what looks like tornado damage
and what looks like thunderstorm damage."