Update: Death toll raised to 11 after two days of severe weather | News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas death toll is now at 11 after a person was killed when storms ripped through northern Arkansas Tuesday night. The latest victim died when a storm struck a residence near Arkansas Highway 230 in Sharp County.
Sharp County Coroner Doug Wortham said Wednesday that the body of JoAnne Bradley, 48, was found by her son about 50 yards outside of her home Tuesday night. Wortham said the home was destroyed by a suspected tornado that hit the area around 9 p.m.
Wortham said Bradley lived just outside Cave City in northeast Arkansas.
Benton County Coroner Daniel Oxford said Tuesday that two people died after floodwaters swept their vehicle off the road in the city of Bentonville.
The Faulkner County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that four people died in Faulkner County. Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Tommy Jackson says two of those people died in Vilonia, where a tornado likely ripped through the area.
Those who died in Faulkner County are Charles Austin Mitchell, 55, Katherine & David Talley, and a 63-year-old Craig Garven.
In northwest Arkansas, emergency officials say a man and a woman died after floodwaters swept their car off the road in Madison County. Another woman, 38-year-old Consuelo Santillano, died near after her car was swept off the road in Washington County. Santillano's 11-year-old son survived.
In Perry County, the Sheriff's Office is reporting a man first reported missing has been found dead. Larry Mitchell's vehicle was found running.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Mitchell was delivering poultry feed and apparently stopped because a small tree was blocking the road. He called into his business and told him he was going to get out and move it. They never heard from him again.
In Pulaski County, in the Morgan/Maumelle area at Highway 365 and Settlement, the Mount Pilgrim Church was demolished. In same area a tree fell on a house trapping a man, but he wasn't injured.
Heifer Ranch in Perryville was also hit. According to Michelle Izaguirre, Senior Director of Learning Centers, all Ranch employees, volunteers and guests are safe. The volunteers and guests have been in communication with their families. There is property damage to buildings, barns and fences.
Rescue crews and the local fire department were at the Ranch as of 9:30 p.m. CT on Monday, clearing trees from the roads and checking downed power lines. There is no electricity on the Ranch at this time, and the phone system is down. Staff is currently checking the status of all animals. Once trees are cleared, further assessment of the lower pasture and garden area will be possible.
Damage reported near Brady Mtn. Law enforcement reporting trees down near Amity. Damage also reported near Hot Springs County along highway 270. Montgomery co sheriff: homes severely damaged at Old Dallas & Caddo Gap Rd.
Garland County has had severe damage this evening from the storms. The following areas are the ones we know of so far: Walnut Valley Road, Ranch Estates Subdivision, Oates Loop, Vaughn Road, and Fox Pass Road in the Hwy 7North area. In the west side of the county the areas are Ragweed Valley Road, Sunshine Road, Powell Road, Old Dallas Road, Oakgrove Road, and Brady Mtn Road area.
Also, reports from Lake Ouachita State Park and Teen Challenge having damage. Some reports of minor injuries. Numerous power lines and trees down county wide; there are lots of debris in the roadways. The sheriff's office is now getting reports of flooding in the Fox Pass Road, Ragweed Valley Road, and Surry Road areas, as well as creeks and low lying areas. Most of these areas are blocked and emergency crews are trying to gain access. Damage has also been reported to several houses in Garland County, near Fountain Lake. Several people have also been reported injured.
There are also reports of 2 people injured in the Sunshine community in Garland. There are power lines down all over Saline County.
Over in Jacksonville, North Pulaski High School has sustained major structural damage and will be closed until Friday.
The Little Rock Air Force Base is reporting at least four homes in base housing have been damaged.
Crews are assessing the base's aircraft at this time. Base housing residents are encouraged to stay indoors due to downed power lines in base housing. Base residents who are experiencing emergencies should call 987-6123 so base officials can assist.
One THV viewer called and said several trees were down in the Wooster area. No injuries reported but the power is out to several residents. Power is still on for the school.
Gov. Mike Beebe has declared a state of emergency, retroactive to April 19, when another series of violent storms moved through Arkansas. Beebe will be touring parts of the state affected by the storm sometime after daybreak.
Entergy Arkansas reporting roughly 88,000 customers currently in the dark. First Electric Cooperative reports 14,000 outages in White, Saline, Lonoke, Pulaski and Perry counties.
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