High winds cause farm damage

(KATV, Source: Uof A System Division of Agriculture) Piggott - Storms sweepingthrough Arkansas on Tuesday caused one lightning injury, downed trees and powerlines and caused damage to farms around the state. {}

One person was hospitalized in Drew Countyafter being shocked by lightning, according to the National Weather Service. InArkansas County, winds pushed a tree on to a truck on Hwy 153 between DeWittand St. Charles and a shed and chicken coop were destroyed, the weather servicesaid.

Storm damage was also reported in Boone, VanBuren, Faulkner, Jefferson, Hot Spring and Monroe counties and tornado warningswere issued for Pulaski, Jefferson, Drew, and Desha counties.

Andy Vangilder, Clay County extension staffchair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said "wehad one area that a farm shop and a camper were torn up all in a line with twocenter pivots that were flipped upside down."

"The worry is whether the farmer can get thosetwo center pivots replaced in time for crop season," Vangilder said Wednesday.

Vangilder said it wasn't clear whether thedamage was from straight-line winds or a small funnel.

In Desha County, Extension Staff Chair WesKirkpatrick said high winds also caused damage there.

"We had a few trees blown down, some shinglesblown off of roofs, and some light weight out-buildings or sheds blown away,"he said. {}

In north central Arkansas, Cleburne CountyExtension Staff Chair Michelle Mobley said: "One small area got hit pretty hard,particularly the feed store of Drasco community, with barn damage, chickenhouses, fences, windows blown out of house." {}

On the plus side, the storms broughtmuch-needed rain, with the weather service reporting more than 2 inches of rain in portions of thenorth and west, and also along the Mississippi River.

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