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Tornadoes, hail, high winds cause damage as severe storms hit Arkansas

The National Weather Service in Little Rock says it was an EF-1 rated tornado that touched down at Mountain Harbor Resort. (KATV photo)

National Weather Service investigators will assess damage Monday and determine if tornadoes touched down in Arkansas during severe storms that damaged several homes and two state prisons.

Severe storms crossed the state late Sunday afternoon and into the evening. Several tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms were issued by the National Weather Service.

Channel 7 News received numerous reports of large hail from across the state.

Several funnel clouds and possible tornadoes were spotted, including near Hot Springs Village, DeWitt, Bayou Meto, and southwest of Conway.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, three tornado touchdowns have been confirmed.

The Mountain Harbor resort and marina on Lake Ouachita was hit hard, most likely by straight-line winds. Boat docks were heavily damaged.

Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves says a prison at Malvern had windows broken by hail and a prison at Dermott has roof damage from high winds and a prison guard sprained an ankle during the storm.

The National Weather Service reports several downed trees on Highway 61 near Scott. Two mobile homes in the area were reportedly knocked off their foundations. A church near Wye reportedly lost its roof.

Channel 7 received reports of seven homes damaged in the Swan Lake community in Jefferson County.

Arkansas State Police report six motor vehicle crashes along Interstate 30 between the 88 and 83 mile markers. According to spokesman Bill Sadler, all of the crashers were weather-related as the result of high winds, hail and debris. No serious injuries were reported.

As of approximately 10 p.m. Sunday, Entergy Arkansas reported about 6,400 customers without power.

On Monday at 11 a.m., a little more than 1,600 customers were still without power. Most of these were located in Montgomery and Phillips counties.

Stay tuned to Channel 7 and katv.com for the latest information as it comes in. Follow KATVNews on Twitter and download the KATV Weather app for instant watches and warnings.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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