Two lines of severe storms moved across much of the center of the country today bringing tornadoes, hail, and strong winds with it. As of midnight EST, there have already been reports of 25 tornadoes associated with the squall lines. In addition to tornadoes, there have been 54 reports of damaging wind and 65 reports of large hail. The Storm Prediction Center maintains a detailed list of storm reports
In Plumerville, AR, one person is confirmed dead after a tornado hit a lumber yard and spread debris over Interstate 40. Lumber covered both sides of the interstate and the road had to be temporarily closed. KTHV-TV is Little Rock is reporting:
State police spokesman Bill Sadler said the car involved was traveling in Conway County near Plumerville where a lumberyard was hit by high winds, scattering pieces of wood on both sides of the interstate. Sadler said whether the lumber played a role in the accident is still under investigation, but the car was traveling west on the interstate when it overturned and was thrown into the eastbound lanes.
One person had to be rescued from a damaged home in Perryville, AR. The AP is also reporting:
Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders said his officers had received reports of other residents trapped in damaged homes southwest of Little Rock.
Debris made the roads impassable for police and other rescue workers in several areas, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Kelly Robinson said. She said the state had received calls reporting destroyed or damaged homes in Cleburne, Fulton and Garland counties.
Six homes were destroyed in Pike County, according to the sheriff's office there. At least two homes were destroyed in Van Buren County. Structure damage was reported to police in the Perry County town of Cherry Hill.
In Clay and Vernon Counties, MO, there were two reports of wind gusts of 80 mph. In Pottersville, MO, two people were injured, four mobile homes were blown off their foundations, and one was completely destroyed. There have been numerous other reports of damaged homes and buildings, including 32 homes damaged in Riley County, KS.