Susanne Brunner

Published 04/27 2014 11:14PM

Updated 04/30 2014 08:56AM

VILONIA, AR- FOX 16 News has a crew in Vilonia reporting extensive damage.

Emergency Officials say there are casualties and a number of homes destroyed.

There are a number of emergency personnel on scene near Barnard Lane where roads are blocked off.

The tornado took a toll on a shopping center in the city. There are blown out window to business, debris all over the place and news stands tipped over.

"The tornado caught a lot of people off guard," says Phil Ellis, Vilonia resident. "Homes were leveled, people were looking for family and pets, those who needed to go to the hospital couldn't because cars were damaged."

Residents and officials are saying this was worse than the 2011 storm.

Officials out there are still working to calculate the numbers.

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