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Last night was truly devastating. While analyzing radar, I noticed the rotation beginning to develop near Maumelle and moments later, a tornado warning was issued. As it crossed over the Arkansas River, Ned and I noticed a radar signature which indicated debris getting sucked up off the ground. This debris are peoples homes, trees, and whatever else was in path of the large wedge tornado as it moved through Vilionia. Here are a few images of the radar and the radar loop.
Thanks to the WeatherNinja for chasing yesterday and streaming live video of 2 funnels. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette was riding along with him. They are working on an in depth story about his storm chasing for Channel 7 and the Arkansas Weather Blog.
Also thanks to WeatherClipper (Bobby Powers) and Robert Rowland for calling in what they saw. The team assembled helped informed Arkansans on this deadly night.
Our thoughts and prayers go to all those affected. Please help your fellow Arkansans by donating to the "Spirit of Arkansas Tornado Relief". We have teamed up with the Red Cross to help in anyway possible.
We have another round of severe weather later this afternoon into the overnight. Portions of central and southern Arkansas are under a high risk for wind, hail, and tornadoes. We'll have you covered again on Channel 7!
|Debris sucked up off the ground seen on doppler radar as the tornado moved across the Pulaski county line into Vilonia|
|The debris ball and hook echo more pronounced as it goes through Vilonia|
|Here's the tornado going into southeastern Faulkner county. Notice the other hook developing in WLR. This is the storm which traveled to the Little Rock Air Force Base and produced damage.|