A tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas on Saturday afternoon.
The natural disaster triggered a citywide curfew after powerful winds overturned cars and demolished buildings.
Following extreme lightning storms and giant hail in Oklahoma and Missouri, a large tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas, destroying everything on its path.
In addition to ravaging several homes and businesses, the storm caused a gas leak in east Jonesboro and partially destroyed a local mall.
Local authorities are currently conducting search and rescue efforts and Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin issued a citywide curfew beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
The National Guard is being deployed to help secure the area.
“We got a lot to secure,” said city spokesperson Bill Campbell. “This is a search-and-rescue mission being conducted across the city, and we are racing against the dark.”
Six people have been hospitalized with injuries, per the Gazette’s report.
The winds were so intense, they derailed a nearby train ataround 6 p.m. ET.
And look at the airport below:
Jonesboro airport. 😢 pic.twitter.com/p3tRvlTnBC— Goodin (@agoodin1) March 28, 2020
Videos and images shared on social media show the terrifying storm as it tears through Jonesboro, leaving flattened buildings in its wake and throwing debris nearly four miles into the air.
Cross section of correlation coefficient for the Jonesboro storm shows debris being lifted higher than 20,000 feet. Reliable indicator of an intense tornado. pic.twitter.com/S2PhvgjqjF— Alex Lamers (@AlexJLamers) March 28, 2020
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a “Particularly Dangerous Situation” tornado watch for swaths of the Midwest through Saturday night.
Some of the other states most at risk for severe winds and hail are Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois.