The other tornado is rated EF-1 with winds 90 to 100 MPH. Ten to more than twenty inches of rain fell from around Fort Smith (Sebastian County) southward through the Ouachita Mountains and on toward Texarkana (Miller County). By Thursday afternoon, crews were clearing debris from streets and fixing power lines. The hurricane’s top wind speed of 150 mph (241 kph) put it among the most powerful on record in the U.S. ORANGE, Texas — Texas Gov. Smith was shocked because she was more concerned about lightning. This makes it a higher-end EF0 and nearly and EF1. A tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas, injuring 22 people and leaving a trail of flattened homes and buildings. An EF2 tornado touched down in Randolph County Thursday as Hurricane Laura turned into a tropical storm in Arkansas. The eye passed directly over Lake Charles, where drone video shows roofs ripped off, exposing living rooms to the elements; trees downed and water overflowing the banks of coastal properties. A suspected tornado damaged several homes and a church in Lake City, Arkansas Thursday night. LAKE CHARLES, La. Police say the leak is at the BioLab chemical manufacturing facility in Westlake. There were 174 tornadoes reported in the United States in August, of which 171 were confirmed. Abbott said the hurricane’s storm surge hit the east Texas communities of Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange “pretty hard” overnight and the eye of the hurricane has continued to move about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north along the Texas-Louisiana state line. LAKE CHARLES, La. Greg Abbott says his state appeared to have made it through Hurricane Laura with minimal or no loss of life, which he said was a “miracle.”. Smith’s husband, Steve Slaubaugh, helped out the survey crew by using a compass on his cell phone. — A Confederate general has fallen victim to Hurricane Laura. Arkansas Official: Tornado Injures 4 People, Destroys Homes Authorities say a tornado in northeast Arkansas left four people injured. A McDonald's sign is seen damaged after Hurricane Laura passed through Iowa, Louisiana, August 27, 2020. BATON ROUGE, La. Police say they’re working with plant managers to try and contain the leak. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF1 tornado in Arkansas. Meanwhile, Presley says rescue crews were working to extricate a woman after she was trapped when storm winds dropped a tree limb on her mobile home in Jonesboro. Fincastle on Blacksburg Road at 6:32 p.m. The storm is hitting during the state’s first week back at public school since March. The hurricane is expected to keep drenching Louisiana and then Arkansas as a tropical storm, causing widespread flash flooding and damage from winds. KPLC is owned by Atlanta-based Gray Television. MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says Laura remains a hurricane, sustaining top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) more than 170 miles (274 kilometers) after landfall. Abbott said about 8,500 people were served in Texas shelters. A reported tornado has torn part of the roof from a rural church in northeastern Arkansas as the remnants of Hurricane Laura crossed the state. — NWS Memphis (@NWSMemphis) August 29, 2020 Officials said Sunday that an eighth tornado was also discovered in Woodruff County. More than 700,000 people in Louisiana and Texas were without power Thursday afternoon, according to the website PowerOutage.Us, which tracks utility reports. The casino says its Grand Palais riverboat houses 34 table games and more than 1,175 slot machines. And nearly 12 hours after landfall, Abbott says there were still no confirmed fatalities. The first notable tornado day in 2020 was January 10, as 50 tornadoes were confirmed across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. The Associated Press. Her neighbor is a weather spotter and sent photos of the damage to the National Weather Service. kait8.com - 56 tornadoes touched down in the state between Jan. 21-22, 1999 JONESBORO, Ark. There were an additional 32 tornadoes on January 11 that primarily impacted Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Kentucky with additional isolated tornadoes in surrounding states. Year. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Downed trees and structural damage were reported in some parts of Arkansas at midday Thursday, and more than 30,000 homes and businesses in the state were without electricity. PUBLISHED: August 27, 2020 at 9:20 p.m. | UPDATED: August 27, 2020 at 9:20 p.m. The storm surge that was predicted to be as high as 10 feet (3 meters) before landfall wound up being closer to 3 feet (0.9 meters), he said. Almost miraculously, there were no immediate reports of damage. The powerful storm struck land near Cameron on the southwest Louisiana coast at about 1 a.m. Thursday. Ware says that while some staffers who had evacuated remained in Lake Charles, while the majority relocated to Gray stations in the Louisiana cities of Alexandria and Baton Rouge as they kept up their broadcasts. The system maintained hurricane strength for about 11 hours before being downgraded to a tropical storm. Edwards says they are only beginning to assess the damage. Edwards tweeted that people “in the Westlake/Moss Bluff/Sulphur area” should close their windows and doors and turn off their air conditioning units. He says his house survived but every other building, structure and tree on his property is gone. Brett Geymann lives in Moss Bluff, just north of Lake Charles, and said the eye of the storm passed directly over them. Both trichloroisocyanuric acid and chlorine are potentially acutely toxic to people and animals if ingested or inhaled. Flooding rainfall and damaging winds spread inland over central and northern Louisiana, where the storm made landfall eleven hours earlier as a Category 4 storm. Taken Aug. 28, 2020, the day after Tropical Storm Laura came through the state. She was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m. MIAMI — Hurricane Laura has weakened to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of nearly 70 mph (113 kph). Get Morning Report and other email newsletters. (KAIT) - Twenty-two years ago on Jan. 21-22, Arkansas saw its largest … Residents in the area are being told to close their doors and windows, turn off their air conditioning and stay inside. Laura blasted through the Louisiana coast and made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane early Thursday, wreaking damage on the industrial, casino city of Lake Charles. Asa Hutchinson declared an emergency and set aside $250,000 for the state to prepare for the hurricane’s impact. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he will visit the Gulf Coast this weekend to tour damage from one of the fiercest hurricanes to hit the United States. Smith was in her kitchen Saturday night when she heard a storm roll through. Nearly all businesses appeared to be closed as much of the area was still without electricity. — Tropical Storm Laura is thrashing parts of southern Arkansas with powerful winds and heavy rainfall as the storm system lunges its way through the state after battering the Louisiana Gulf Coast. — Greg Langley, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, said emergency crews in the Lake Charles area were working a fire at a chemical plant that handles chlorine for swimming pools, in an emergency that had area residents under a shelter-in-place directive. Month. The Miami-based center said the storm system is expected to continue moving over Arkansas in the night and then on into the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday before reaching the mid-Atlantic States on Saturday. Laura smashed across the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 hurricane early Thursday. (U of A System Division of Agriculture image by Phil Horton.) The tornado was on the ground for 1.2 miles and the path was 75 yards wide. Published: August 3, 2020… Police say one person opened fire, striking a woman. By Associated Press , Wire Service Content Nov. 16, 2020 - As of February 1, 2007, the … Arkansas Gov. — A reported tornado tore part of the roof from a rural church in northeastern Arkansas as the remnants of Hurricane Laura crossed the state. A tornado tore through a small city in Arkansas on Saturday evening, ripping roofs off buildings, flipping cars and prompting a curfew for residents. Louisiana State Police Maj. Doug Cain said they received a report that the Isle of Capri’s riverboat casino broke from its mooring and was stuck against the Interstate 10 bridge in Lake Charles. John Bel Edwards says the fire was burning Thursday morning just outside the city, and he’s advising storm survivors to shelter in place. The information is courtesy of the National Weather Service in Memphis, TN via Twitter. None were on the coast, having happened in Vernon, Jackson and Acadia parishes. She and her kids watched the storm out of their Fincastle home’s window. Phillips County EMA reports downed trees in … Authorities say the storm is now 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Shreveport. Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 35 mph (55 kph) late Thursday, according to the hurricane center’s 10 p.m. CDT update. “We saw a wisp of rotation in some clouds. State. Nine hours later, it was about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and had not yet weakened into a tropical storm. In Orange, Texas and nearby Newton County, Texas, many streets were blocked by large trees that had been toppled by Laura’s powerful winds. LAKE CHARLES, La. Copyright 2020 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved. Abbott on Thursday described seeing roofs sheared off buildings and uprooted trees following aerial tour of the damage near the state border with Louisiana. Forecasters have issued a string of tornado warnings for Mississippi and Arkansas, where Laura is now a tropical storm. — Louisiana State Police say they’re responding to a chlorine leak at a company that makes chemicals along Interstate 10 just west of Lake Charles, La., which was hard-hit when Hurricane Laura slammed into the Gulf Coast early Thursday. Craighead County was under a tornado warning with there was a report of a tornado on the ground Thursday night near the Refuge Baptist Church in the western end of Lake City, Arkansas, 15 miles east of Jonesboro. Extensive property damage has been reported; a floating casino that came unmoored hit a bridge. It was ridiculously wet across western Arkansas in August, 2020. LAKE CHARLES, La. Greg Abbott is crediting the evacuations of thousands of people for preventing deaths in Texas. Property owners Kimberly Smith and Steve Slaubaugh were in awe to see trees uprooted, branches snapped, and limbs torn down. ... 2020. The National Weather Service says Laura could dump as much as 7 inches of rain on Arkansas as it continues moving north away from Louisiana, where it made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane early Thursday. A tornado rated as F0 is the least damaging, while an F5 is the most damaging. Louisiana state environmental officials would be going up into the air over the storm area when cleared by aviation officials, looking for signs of any other industry fires or leaks, he said. Langley said he knew of no other major industrial threats from the storm so far. August 28, 2020. Damaging Tornado Tears Through Jonesboro, Arkansas August 7, 2020 At least one tornado moved through Arkansas on Saturday evening, causing destruction to a … LAKE CHARLES, La. “They said they were going to plot all the points. ... Laura is tracking inland from Arkansas to the Lower Ohio Valley with gusty winds. State police, firefighters and other emergency workers were responding, and an Environmental Protection Agency plane was monitoring overhead, Langley said. One picture seemed to show it in contact with the ground. Laura is now a Category 1 hurricane but still blowing hard enough to be deadly. It was moving north near 16 mph (26 kph). The storm is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression overnight as it makes an eastward turn near southern Illinois. Many schools canceled classes or had early dismissals in anticipation of Laura’s arrival. — NWS Memphis (@NWSMemphis) August 29, 2020: In the picture: At least six weak tornadoes (rated EF0/EF1) were confirmed in eastern Arkansas on 08/27/2020. No major damage has been reported from twisters, but tornadoes can be particularly dangerous at night. Gaynor told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the surge turned out to be less than what was forecast, but he expects significant wind damage to buildings once they do proper surveys of the disaster area. JONESBORO, Ark. Louisiana Gov. ... flooding, tornadoes, track history and … Day. Forecasters said Laura was centered about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north-northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas. AUSTIN, Texas — Police in Austin, Texas, say a bystander was shot and killed after a fight broke out among 60 people who had fled the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Laura. — Early reports emerging in the wake of Hurricane Laura show less damage than what was feared. A tornado tore through nearly 20 miles of the city of Jonesboro, Ark., on Saturday evening, severely damaging multiple properties and injuring at … Your Local Weather Authority was on the air Saturday evening after the National Weather Service in Blacksburg issued a tornado warning for parts of Botetourt and Rockbridge counties. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told Trump that the situation on the ground “is fluid and challenging,” but the Federal Emergency Management Agency is responding. The threat of tornadoes was forecast to redevelop Friday, less than a day after a reported tornado tore through a church and homes in northeastern Arkansas. Forecasters say there’s also the risk of isolated tornadoes in the eastern part of the state. Monitors from agency workers in the area so far have failed to pick up indications of a chlorine leak, Langley said. It was a fog. LAKE CHARLES, LA. Last week, the storms killed at least 11 people in Mississippi, nine in South Carolina, eight in Georgia, two in Tennessee, one in Arkansas and one in North Carolina. “Earlier this year, we had a lightning strike that took out a lot of media in our house: our Wifi, and our televisions, and that sort of thing. The storm has left more than 875,000 people without power. Texas Gov. DOWN — Flattened, or lodged, rice between Crockett’s Bluff and Arkansas Highway 1 in Arkansas County. Many schools in the southern half of Arkansas opted to cancel classes Thursday or dismiss early because of the storm. Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today. John Bel Edwards said he’s received report of the first fatality from Hurricane Laura in Louisiana, a 14-year-old girl who died when a tree fell on her home in Leesburg. The deaths were all caused by trees falling on residences, Edwards said. — Reports are coming in from people who rode out Hurricane Laura in Louisiana. Cal Fire issues evacuation warnings for parts of Santa Cruz County, Atmospheric river set to inundate Bay Area with rain, Weather expert explains erratic conditions for Santa Cruz County, Atmospheric river: Biggest storm of the year heading for Bay Area. MIAMI — The U.S. National Hurricane Center has downgraded Laura to a tropical depression as the storm system crosses Arkansas. But Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor says the damage seems to be less than what they feared with Laura hitting the coast as a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane early Thursday. Major roof damage was reported in the Goobertown, a community 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of Jonesboro, Presley said. Critics call it a symbol of racism that glorifies slavery. — A large chemical fire has sent a dangerous cloud over Lake Charles, Louisiana, hours after the eye of Hurricane Laura passed directly over the city. Edwards said the current priority is search and rescue, followed by efforts to find hotel or motel rooms for those who have lost their homes. ORANGE, Texas — Some of the cities and communities in Texas hardest hit by Hurricane Laura were near the Louisiana border. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The station published photographs online showed part of the tower punched through the roof of the building, and piles of debris scattered inside the broadcast studio. Lindsey joined the WSLS 10 team as a reporter in February 2019 and is thrilled to call Roanoke her new home! “It really is crazy,” said Smith. The first reported death, of a girl whose house was hit by a tree, was in Leesburg, more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) inland from the coast. — Hurricane Laura is headed toward Arkansas, where an unusual tropical storm warning has been issued for much of the state. Trump said he would visit Texas and Louisiana on Saturday or Sunday to survey the destruction caused by Laura, which Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said has killed at least four people. No one was injured or killed by the twister. A day or so later, the National Weather Service fielded calls of damage to trees on a property near Lee Lane. And as big as they are and as close to the house as they are, I’m surprised we didn’t feel the ground shake or hear anything at all,” said Smith. — FHP Orlando (@FHPOrlando) August 19, 2020 Possible tornado leaves homes damaged, cars overturned in DeLand Video shows potential funnel cloud in DeLand during tornado warning But a Calcasieu Parish official said they asked for public comments, and got 878 written responses against relocating the monument, and only 67 in favor of moving it. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for many counties in Missouri and Arkansas within the Ozarks region. It is a potent irritant to the eyes, throat and lungs. The governors of Louisiana and Texas say search and rescue teams are still looking, but they’ve found no reports so far of widespread fatalities. Forecasters have issued a string of tornado warnings for Mississippi and Arkansas, where Laura is now a tropical storm. “It’s amazing. Laura slammed the Gulf Coast early Thursday and roared through Louisiana. If you need help with the Public File, call 540-512-1558. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. KPLC-TV General Manager John Ware said Thursday that the media outlet would continue to deliver its regular newscasts while it rebuilds. Many homes had wind damage or damage from fallen trees. Minutes later, videos and photos came pouring into the newsroom of a funnel cloud. List of confirmed tornadoes – Friday, August 7, 2020; EF# Location County / Parish … Earlier Thursday, a 14-year-old girl died when a tree crashed onto her family’s mobile home near Leesville, the Vernon Parish Sherriff’s Office said. He said that has led him to hope that there will be less water damage to homes close to the coast, and that damaged homes can be made habitable more quickly. So, the rain was pounding and I’m really shocked that we did not hear any of these trees crash down. National Weather Service officials said the remnants of Hurricane Laura could spawn tornadoes and cause flash flooding in parts of Arkansas and Tennessee. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service announced the rating for the tornado that touched down in Botetourt County on Saturday. Newsom may lift statewide stay-at-home order Monday, The Latest: Reported tornado in Arkansas spins off Laura. It says the system will dump heavy rains in spots, raising the risk of flash floods. Chlorine gas, which can appear in the air as a greenish yellow cloud, was used as a chemical weapon in World War 1. Tornadoes in Arkansas in August. Author: 5NEWS Web Staff Published: 8:03 PM CST November 15, 2020 A 3rd tornado, rated EF-1, touched down in Northeast Arkansas at Tyronza in Poinsett County in Eastern Arkansas. A man, whose age is unknown, died of drowning while aboard a sinking ship. Monday, a crew went to survey the damage and found that the damage was consistent with that of a tornado. All Access Digital offer for just 99 cents! Hutchinson said the state will have search and rescue teams on standby. One death in Jackson in north Louisiana demonstrated the power of the storm, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm early Thursday, and traveled farther inland. He said the state minimized potential loss of life because residents in the storm’s path heeded local advance warnings to evacuate. JONESBORO — A reported tornado tore part of the roof from a rural church in northeastern Arkansas as the remnants of Hurricane Laura crossed the state. This was on November 14, in which two EF-1 tornadoes impacted central Arkansas damaging homes and causing several injuries but no fatalities. The National Weather Service says the damaging winds and torrential rains will be in the Little Rock area later Thursday afternoon and evening. Elijah Nouvelage | Reuters "It looks like 1,000 tornadoes … At a Glance. Communities along the Gulf Coast experienced high water levels in the wake of Laura, the strongest storm to hit the U.S. this year. And the staff continued broadcasting storm news uninterrupted from sister stations elsewhere in Louisiana. BioLab’s Lake Charles plant was built in 1979 and manufactures trichloroisocyanuric acid, chlorinating granules and other chemicals used in such household cleaners as Comet bleach scrub and pool chlorine powder. Fujita |?| - The Fujita Scale is used to assess the intensity and damage caused by a tornado. The general manager at KPLC-TV said no one was hurt because all staff members had evacuated from the station hours before Laura’s landfall. Austin police say two groups of people who had left Port Arthur and Beaumont on the southeast Texas coast got into a large fight in a downtown Austin street at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The NWS has concluded the tornado should be rated an EF0, as it had estimated max winds of 80 to 85 miles per hour. He says “It looks like 1,000 tornadoes” came through, with some houses “totally gone.”. MIAMI, Fla. — Threats from the remnants of Hurricane Laura are continuing hundreds of miles inland and well after nightfall. — The top part of a large transmission tower snapped and toppled into the studios of a Lake Charles television news station as Hurricane Laura tore across south Louisiana. FINCASTLE, Va. – On Tuesday, the National Weather Service announced the rating for the tornado that touched down in Botetourt County on Saturday. — Louisiana officials now know of 6 deaths tied to Hurricane Laura. — Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said state officials now know of four deaths tied to Hurricane Laura. Police say the woman was homeless and had not been involved the fight. It was strange and kind of hard to describe and my kids said, ‘Is this a tornado?’ And I said, ’I don’t think so, I think it’s just a bad wind storm.‘”. Now the pedestal is empty, and the Confederate statue is in pieces on the ground, victim to a Category 4 hurricane that struck the city early Thursday. “My first thought was, ‘Thank goodness everybody is safe and none of our neighbors were injured and none of our property was damaged, except for the trees.”. The fatalities included a 24-year-old male that died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator inside his residence, Mike Steele, communications director for the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said. It wasn’t until the next day Smith learned that bad wind storm was, in fact, a tornado. Interestingly, while parts of the west got over four times the normal monthly rainfall, it was dry in the northwest. WESTLAKE, La. Storm damage meant crews had difficulty clearing downed utility equipment and trees and other wreckage to reach the site. Edwards said storm surge was measured in the range of 9 feet to 12 feet (2.7 to 3.7 meters) — bad but far less than the 20 feet (6 meters) that had been forecast. Hotel rooms are needed because conventional communal shelters pose a risk for spreading the coronavirus, he said. The South’s Defenders monument has stood since 1915 outside a courthouse in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where local authorities voted 10-4 this month to keep it in place. The storm barreled over Lake Charles, Louisiana, an industrial and casino city of 80,000 people. Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley said a gas line also was ruptured, but no injuries were reported. LAKE CHARLES, La. Some residents could be seen using chainsaws to clear fallen trees in front of their homes. The bulk of the damage was reported in Louisiana. A large tornado touched down in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on March 28, 2020, at around 5 p.m. local time. Both governors say the storm surge appears to have been not as bad as they feared. 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