A massive tornado plowed through Little Rock, Arkansas and surrounding areas on Friday afternoon, reducing rooftops to splinters, toppling vehicles and tossing debris on roadways as people took shelter.
The local emergency medical service estimated that at least 600 people were hurt, one local television station, WCAV, reported. Police officers helped take people to the hospital because there weren’t enough ambulances to respond to the wounded.
More than 350,000 people were at risk as what the National Weather Service called a “confirmed large and destructive tornado” tore through business districts and neighborhoods in Little Rock and North Little Rock. The city’s mayor, Frank Scott Jr, told media that he had been in contact with the state’s governor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to ask for help from the national guard.
Passengers and airport employees at Clinton national airport in Little Rock took shelter in bathrooms. And aerial footage showed several rooftops were torn from homes in Little Rock and nearby Benton. About 70,000 homes were without power in that region late Friday afternoon, according to WCAV’s report.
Potent storms brewing over at least 15 states in the midwest and southern US on Friday prompted meteorologists to warn people to brace for tornadoes and other dangerous weather, saying they were similar to those a week earlier that unleashed a devastating twister that killed at least 21 people in Mississippi.
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