Gov. Beebe talks about devastating Arkansas tornado

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) – Fewer than 24 hours after the devastating tornado wiped through central Arkansas, killing at least 14 and leveling entire neighborhoods, Gov. Mike Beebe held a press conference in the hardest hit town of Mayflower.

"Tornado took a traditional southwest to northeast track from Saline/Pulaski County line into White/Jackson Counties," Beebe said. "Just looking at the damage, this may be the strongest tornado we've seen; preliminary largest loss of life we've seen."

Beebe said even those who planned properly and did everything they could to stay safe from the fierce storm, still suffered extreme loss.

"One woman who died in the storms was in her storm shelter. Debris caved in the door."

Beebe said now the focus is on restoration of essential services, such as electricity and cell phone coverage. He continued to say it's too early to estimate the total damages, "our primary focus is search and rescue."

The bright spot of the devastation has been the volunteers, those doing anything they can to help those in need.

Sunday night, people helped strangers whose cars were wrecked on I-40 and first thing Monday morning countless people were in the ravaged areas with chainsaws and doing anything they could do to help.

"I can't begin to brag on the volunteers," Beebe said.

Many organizations and businesses have started collecting items for the victims, to find a list of those groups, click here:


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