JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville sustained damage from Monday night's storms with roofs blown off homes, trees down, and cars damaged.
At least three C-130 Hercules aircraft were damaged. A helpless and saddened Myranda Thomen watches on as daylight reveals the aftermath of Monday's forceful winds.
"It just makes you want to cry; it hurts to see it," she said.
The 18-year-old and Shannon Williamson both live close by
and recently graduated from the storm-beaten North Pulaski High School.
"To actually get attached to the school and to see it destroyed like this is not very happy to see it's just hard to see something you love so dearly torn apart," says Thomen.
And that's exactly what the winds did; ripped the roofs off the school's auditorium and a classroom. Broke through two brick walls and scattered concrete throughout the parking lot.
Right beside the wall of debris, pieces of the roof metal wrap around trees like ribbons; and stretch across the wooded area, even reaching beyond the school grounds into the city: the Little Rock Air Force base among its main victims.
"The tornado severely damaged base housing, infrastructure, and aircraft," says Col. Mike Minihan.
Among the damage here, several cars thrown across the parking lot -- many of them landing at a total loss.
Emergency crews treated three people at the base for minor injuries, but just as soon as storms let up -- the clean up began.
"We have a long way to go to recover from this event and we have a lot of work to do. But we'll see our way through this. It's just hard," says Minihan.
The sentiment at the base, also echoed at the Pulaski County Special School District is at least everyone here made it through -- alive.