A strong storm system caused plenty of damage as it tore through southern and central USA on Sunday night.
A tornado touched down about 16 km west of Little Rock, Arkansas, at around 7 p.m, then cut an almost 100 km long path of devastation through the northern parts of Greater Little Rock.
According to the local sheriff in Faulkner county, six people had been confirmed as dead in Vilonia. Volunteers and emergency workers went knocking doors, looking for victims.
“It turned pitch black,” said Mark Ausbrooks, who was visiting his parents when the storm hit them.
Sheriff Andy Shock told THV 11, “it’s just devastating”. He went on to comment that the town was confronting a “mass casualty situation” where interstate 40 had been shut down in both directions after cars and lorries were knocked over.
The town of Mayflower, Arkansas, was severely hit. Approximately 45 homes were shattered, said Will Elder, one of the inhabitants of Mayflower.
The east side of town was worst hit by the tornado as it passed through, uprooting trees and making powerlines to fall, hindering the emergency services in their rescue work.
In the western part of Arkansas, Pulaski county sheriff’s lieutenant Carl Minden, stated that three people were killed as a result of the tornado impacting the area.