Strong tornado — State Police reporting heavy damage in Mayflower, Vilonia | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Strong tornado — State Police reporting heavy damage in Mayflower, Vilonia

Posted By on Sun, Apr 27, 2014 at 8:10 PM

A strong tornado has raked the state tonight, cutting a swath of destruction from Maumelle to Vilonia and beyond. State Police radio chatter points to heavy damage in Mayflower from a tornado that spotters say was a half mile wide when it crossed I-40. Photos published to Twitter in the last hour show big rigs tossed into heaps. 

State Troopers are currently calling for ambulances and wreckers from Pulaski Co. on State Police dispatch, saying multiple people are trapped in their vehicles near Mayflower. Another Trooper told dispatch that he was going door to door in a neighborhood there, before adding "a good bit of this neighborhood is gone." Listen to Arkansas State Police dispatch via here.

Trooper: "We're not working any crashes now. We're just in rescue mode."  Troopers reporting damaged cars blocking I-40 near Mayflower. Wreckers are working to clear the interstate now. 

UPDATE: State Police chatter says there are two confirmed fatalities in Mayflower; I-40 Westbound almost ready to reopen.  KTHV has a gallery of photos showing substantial damage in Mayflower and Vilonia. 

Storm Chasers on the ground in Mayflower have been updating their Facebook page with near apocalyptic photos and video, including trucks piled on top of one another and what appears to be a large fire burning in a smashed neighborhood. 

9:15 p.m. — State Police chatter just reported three children in critical condition en route to a hospital in Conway...  

9:59: Troopers in Vilonia reporting massive damage there — cars on top of houses and multiple people missing. 

Amateur video of the giant funnel as it passed through Mayflower. 

Facebook page of a storm chaser on site in Vilonia is reporting "complete devastation" there, with many hurt and injured. "Entire town is destroyed, and the damage is definitely F5 caliber."

Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (28)

Showing 1-28 of 28

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-28 of 28

Add a comment

More by David Koon

Readers also liked…

  • Jason Rapert vs. Wikipedia

    Sen. Jason Rapert against the world: Wikipedia edition.
    • Jan 23, 2016
  • Charter school accountability: Non-existent in Arkansas

    A state audit finds charter school spending violated state law, but the state Education Department says it has no responsibility for ensuring proper management of charter schools. Say what?
    • Mar 5, 2016
  • Policy group urges opposition to new charter seats in Little Rock

    The Arkansas Public Policy Panel is urging supporters of the Little Rock School District to tell state Board of Education members they oppose applications to be heard this week to dramatically expand the number of charter school seats in the Little Rock School District.
    • Mar 9, 2016

Most Shared

  • 'Cemetery angel' Ruth Coker Burks featured in new short film

    Ruth Coker Burks, the AIDS caregiver and activist memorably profiled by David Koon as the cemetery angel in Arkansas Times in 2015, is now the subject of a short film made by actress Rose McGowan.
  • Buyer remorse

    Out here in flyover country, you can't hardly go by the feed store without running into a reporter doing one of those Wisdom of the Heartland stories.
  • Not Whitewater

    Just think: If Democrats had turned out 78,000 more votes in three states in November, people could be reveling today in the prospect of impeaching and convicting President Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, as some Republican lawmakers had promised to try to do if she won.
  • Head-shaking

    Another edition of so-much-bad-news-so-little space.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation