More Deadly Storms Strike Arkansas
Severe storms continued to pound Arkansas Monday leaving four dead in the town of Vilonia, north of Little Rock. A state of emergency has been declared. The violent weather has accounted for 14 deaths in the state this month. The deadly storm system is now moving across Illinois headed for Wisconsin.
Although not officially confirmed, it is believed a tornado struck Vilonia, where as many as 80 homes were destroyed in a path of destruction that stretched for 15 miles. A twister was confirmed at the Little Rock Air Force Base, causing damage to base housing. More than 100,000 people are without electricity across the state. In northeast Texas, several tornadoes were reported, leaving widespread damage in Houston County.
Forecasters predict more storms will move across the region through Thursday, dumping six more inches of rain on already flooded areas in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky. Levees are straining along the Black River in Poplar Bluff, MO, where 7,000 people are in danger of being displaced. Some evacuations are already taking place with police going door-to-door to encourage residents to leave.
The National Guard has moved into the area around Poplar Bluff, and the Black River Coliseum is being used as a rescue shelter. It is much the same along the Ohio River where flood walls are being built and levees shored up.
Weeks of rain in the Midwest has closed roadways, and many schools have suspended classes. The rash of storms in the past two weeks has left 45 people dead across six states.