National Weather Service confirms EF-1 tornadoes near Bloomer, Charleston


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The Tulsa National Weather Service has confirmed that two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Franklin County just east of Charleston and near Bloomer in Sebastian County on April 11.

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado damaged several outbuildings and a home and uprooted and snapped trees in Franklin County. NWS says the estimated wind speed was 90-95 mph.

NWS says the tornado near Bloomer uprooted trees and snapped large limbs in a heavily wooded area of ​​Fort Chaffee. The estimated wind speed for this tornado was 90-100 mph.

The tornadoes were part of a severe weather line that crossed the river valley that also dropped tennis ball sized hail

Deputies with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office reported what they believe to be tornado damage that “runs in a straight line for several miles” near Scranton.

Whether the event was a tornado has yet to be officially confirmed by the National Weather Service.

The sheriff’s office notes that deputies saw damage to homes, barns, fences and downed trees. No injuries had been reported.

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