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Two Confirmed Dead After Storms Move Across Northern Arkansas

Man killed in Jonesboro, and occupant of van killed in Lawrence County.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Two people have died after storms move across Northern Arkansas.

The first death was reported in Jonesboro. 74-year-old Tommy Sanford, a retired Caraway city marshal, was killed when a tree fell on his house on Burke Street.

The second death happened in Black Rock (Lawrence County). The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) says the victim was inside a van when a tree fell on it. This victim's name has not been released yet.



Storm damage reports from the National Weather Service:
  • 0200 PM, TSTM WND DMG, POINSETT CO., TRUMANN, KING TRANSPORTATION BUILDING DESTROYED
  • 0200 PM, TSTM WND DMG, GREENE CO., NEAR BRIGHTON, ROOF BLOWN OFF BUSINESS 
  • 0150 PM, TSTM WND DMG, MISSISSIPPI CO., OSCEOLA, TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN ON CHERRY DRIVE
  • 0130 PM, TSTM WND DMG, POINSETT CO., LEPANTO, ROOF BLOWN OFF BUILDING ON MAIN STREET
  • 0115 PM, TSTM WND DMG, POINSETT CO., TRUMANN, STRUCTURE DAMAGE AND TREES DOWN
  • 1255 PM, TSTM WND DMG, CRAIGHEAD CO., OTWELL, TREES AND POWER LINES ARE DOWN,  LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTS POSSIBLE TRAIN DERAILMENT, HAIL MEASURING 0.25 INCHES REPORTED
  • 1255 PM, NON-TSTM WND DMG, CRAIGHEAD CO., JONESBORO, SPOTTER REPORTS 80 MPH ESTIMATED WIND GUST IN JONESBORO, TREES DOWN ALONG HWY 61, DEBRIS BLOWN IN WIND, POWER OUT
  • 1250 PM, TSTM WND GST (75 MPH), CRAIGHEAD CO., BONO, SHINGLES BLOWN OFF ROOF
  • 1245 PM, TSTM WND DMG, LAWRENCE CO., BLACK ROCK, 1 FATAL-TREES DOWN ON VAN WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE TRAPPED INSIDE, TREES DOWN THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY, SEVERAL TREES BLOCKING HWY 63
  • 1237 PM, TSTM WND DMG, JACKSON CO. 2 MILES SE AR DIAZ, TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN
  • 1235 PM, TSTM WND GST (74 MPH), JACKSON CO., SWIFTON, DAMAGE TO FIRE STATION AND CITY HALL
  • 1235 PM, TSTM WND DMG, JACKSON CO., TUCKERMAN, TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN
  • 1206 PM, TSTM WND DMG, INDEPENDENCE CO., 3 MILES NE BATESVILLE, TREE & POWER LINE BLOCKING U.S. HWY 167
  • 1157 AM, TSTM WND DMG, IZARD CO., HORSESHOE BEND. 10 INCH DIAMETER BRANCH BROKEN OFF TREE AS WELL AS MANY OTHER SMALLER LIMBS AND BRANCHES
  • 1125 AM, TSTM WND DMG, BAXTER CO., 2 MILES SE NORFORK, PART OF A TREE REPORTED DOWN ON HIGHWAY 5
  • 1110 AM, TSTM WND DMG, BAXTER CO., BUFORD, TREE REPORTED DOWN   
  • 1110 AM, TSTM WND DMG, BAXTER CO., 5 MILES NW MOUNTAIN HOME, TREE & POWER LINES DOWN AT HWY. 126 & HWY. 5
  • 1056 AM, TSTM WND DMG, MARION CO., 1 MILE WSW BULL SHOALS, TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN
  • 1059 AM, TSTM WND DMG, BAXTER CO., GASSVILLE, ROOF DAMAGE TO A HOUSE
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