LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As of 8 PM, Sunday, the National Weather Service, through preliminary reports, confirms three tornadoes occurred during the severe weather event on Saturday, March 28th, 2020.
Of those three tornadoes, the one that struck Jonesboro has been determined to be an EF-3 with maximum winds of 140 MPH.
Including the tornado count from Saturday, this brings our 2020 total to 18. The yearly average for Arkansas is 33.
Surveys of storm damage are still being conducted. As new information comes in, it will be added to this story.
Survey information from Jackson County tornado:
Estimated Peak Wind: 110 MPH
Path Length: 5.33 Miles Path Width: 200 Yards
The tornado started approximately four miles south of Amagon and ended three miles east of the same community.
Damage: Trees were uprooted in the community of Algoa along with damage to metal buildings. Some homes sustained roof damage. Farm equipment was also damaged. No fatalities or injuries.
Survey information from Jonesboro tornado:
Estimated Peak Wind: 140 MPH
Path Length: 12.55 Miles Path Width: 600 Yards
The tornado started approximately two miles southeast of Jonesboro and ended nearly three and a half miles northeast of Brookland.
Damage: The tornado developed north of I-555 and west of Caraway Road. It quickly intensified and caused EF-2 damage at the Mall At Turtle Creek. As it continued on its path, it reached the Jonesboro Airport causing severe damage there as well to a residential area to the northeast of the airport. In those areas, EF-2 to EF-3 damage was discovered. The tornado began to weaken after crossing HWY 49 northeast of Jonesboro with the last of the damage observed in the Brookland area.
So far, only 22 injuries have been reported. No fatalities.
Survey information from Greene County tornado:
Estimated Peak Wind: 90 MPH
Path Length: 2.98 Miles Path Width: 100 Yards
The tornado started approximately six and a half miles east of Paragould and ended 8.6 miles east-northeast of Paragould.
Damage: The tornado overturned an irrigation system as well as damaged a grain bin and an industrial building. West of HWY 119, the tornado damaged a mobile home, trees, and some storage buildings.
All information noted above came from the surveys conducted by the National Weather Service Offices of Little Rock, AR and Memphis, TN.