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    NOAA surveying damage in Fordyce after Jan. 23 storm

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    FORDYCE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Cleaning up after the storm.

    Severe weather swept through much of Central Arkansas Sunday evening included in that storm: tornadoes. Fortunately, no fatalities were reported with this storm.

    Among the damage: a vast amount trees, the country club in Fordyce and residential areas around Highway 8 and Highway 229.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration surveyed tornado damage on Monday.

    John Robinson, is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

    "In the Fordyce area we've seen damage that's E-F two category, which would be winds from 111 to 135 miles an hour," Robinson said.

    On Monday, the clean-up process began before dawn in Fordyce. City and county officials, along with neighbors, turned out to support one another.

    Paul Wallace lives in Fordyce. He came over to a friend's house to help with the clean-up.

    "Lots of people show up without being asked. So that's one thing about living in a small town and a little community," Wallace said.

    Judge Jimmy Jones of Dallas County says citizens prepared for this storm, but still reiterates caution.

    "I know that we've got a mess. But we're blessed. I'd like to emphasize for the folks to listen to these warnings because I think that's the only reason we didn't have any fatalities -- everybody was aware that it was coming," Judge Jones said.

    "I think the lesson here is: anytime it gets unusually warm and humid, even if it's in the middle of wintertime, the next big cold front that comes plowing through there's probably going to be some severe weather," Robinson added.

    NOAA says it appears that one supercell probably produced damage a number of times from southwest of Fordyce all the way into Arkansas County.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    OAA says it appears that one supercell probably produced damage a number of times from southwest of Fordyce all the way into Arkansas County.

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