Vilonia Residents Stand ‘ArkanStrong’ After Deadly Tornado Rips Throw Arkansas [Video]
The half-mile-wide tornado carved an 80-mile path of destruction through the Little Rock suburbs. Twisters or powerful straight-line winds were blamed in at least 17 deaths Sunday — 15 in Arkansas. The tornado outbreak continued Monday, with over a dozen more deaths in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
Most of the dead in Arkansas were killed in their homes in and around Vilonia, population 3,800. Firefighters on Monday searched for anyone trapped amid the piles of splintered wood and belongings strewn across yards. Hospitals took in more than 100 patients.
The tornado that hit Vilonia and nearby Mayflower was probably at least an EF3 on the 0-to-5 EF scale, which means winds greater than 136 mph, National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Hood said.
As for the residents of Vilonia, they share with local News station THV11, just how they’ve been able to cop with the storms distraction check it out below.