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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Denning Arkansas "Destroyed" By A Tornado

One person is reported dead- three are missing- and several others are injured after a tornado struck Denning AR around 12:15 a.m. CDT Wednesday morning.

Denning- population around 270 people- is in western Arkansas about 40 miles east of Fort Smith.

Witnesses said the tornado was "a mile wide" right before it chewed through Denning- according to KHBS-TV 40/29 in Fort Smith.

A reporter saw a young girl being transferred to another ambulance because of downed power lines.

He also witnessed structure damage throughout the small community.

By dawn Wednesday morning- the death toll in Denning had risen to 2.

Five tornadoes were reported in Franklin and Johnson counties AR- with damage in the communities of Bethlehem- Harmony- and Ozone.

There were also reports of some people trapped in their damaged homes in those areas- as reported by KLRT-TV FOX-16 News in Little Rock.

The death toll from the latest series of tornadoes and severe weather Tuesday into early Wednesday stood at 12.

Eight died in Oklahoma said Oklahoma City's THE OKLAHOMAN- and 2 died in Kansas. 


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