Injuries, damage reported after tornado touches down in White County overnight


ROMANCE, Ark. — Cleanup is underway after a line of storms moved through the state overnight, one person was reportedly seriously injured when a tornado touched down in White County.

White County Sheriff Phillip Miller reports a woman was injured after being trapped by debris from her damaged home.

She is being treated at an area hospital.

Three other injuries were reported.

Multiple homes were damaged or destroyed near Rogers Road, Wayne Walker Road, and R.G. Davis Road.

Members of the Floyd/Romance Fire Department and El Paso Fire Department responded, along with Sheriff Miller and deputies.

White County Office of Emergency Management Director Tamara Jenkins is working also to provide further assistance to those affected.

The National Weather Service has determined an EF-1 tornado touched down in the area. Maximum peak winds were 86-110 mph. The tornado had a path width of 150 yards and length of 2 miles. It was only on the ground for two minutes, touching down at 1:15 a.m. CST and lifting at 1:17 a.m. CST.

Surveyors are continuing to look at the damage.

Anyone in the area with sustained damage is asked to contact the county at 501-279-6241.

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