WEATHER GRIEVING: How an EF 3 tornado destroyed entire communities in parts of Arkansas
By Kylie Daniel / April 13, 2023 / ATMSC 2022
A house in the Walnut Valley neighborhood is left in shambles as a result of the EF 3 tornado that struck part of Arkansas on March 31, 2023 in Pulaski County, Little Rock, Ar. (ATMSC 2022/Kylie Daniel)
LITTLE ROCK, Ar. (ATMSC 2022) – Parts of central and northeast Arkansas are destroyed after a havoc EF 3 tornado rips through the state on March 31, 2023.
Forecasters predicted severe weather for this area earlier in the week, declaring possible threats of hail, strong winds and even tornadoes. Residents were advised to have a safety action plan and shelter ready in case threats became realities.
Over 28 million people were under a Tornado watch as of 2:49 p.m. on Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service via Twitter.
"A severe weather outbreak appears increasingly likely this afternoon/evening across a large portion of the Mississippi Valley. At least a few long-track, strong to potentially violent tornadoes are probable. Swaths of intense damaging wind and very large hail are also expected." National Storm Prediction Center via Twitter.
Multiple severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued throughout Arkansas. Little Rock, North Little Rock and Sherwood residents were alerted at 2:04 p.m. that the radar detected a tornado and to take shelter immediately. Little did they know, though, the tornado was soon to touch down.
“It is just…incomprehensible.”
“There was a lady up on Cantrell Rd. at a dentist’s office. She was standing outside to film it and was about to get sucked up in the tornado had her husband not held onto her,” Little Rock resident Phyllis Daniel says.