Brandon Cogburn supplies the picture above (taken by his sister) of storm damage to the water treatment plant  in Dierks (Howard County), hit last night. The second story of the building was sheared off. The National Guard reportedly was sending drinking water supplies. Brandon reports efforts are underway to find a way to tie into other water service in the region.

UPDATE — VIDEO: A Sevier County Jail security camera caught film of the tornado tearing through town.

UPDATE II — In Mena, where damage was heaviest and where three people died when a tornado hit homes and, in one case, a Masonic lodge, the Department of Emergency Management says 140 homes and five businesses were hit.

UPDATE III — In case you missed it, our Mena correspondent, Cato, sent in an OK signal on another post that included an eyewitness report. It’s on the jump here, too.


Photo below was supplied by the National Guard, which has 50 soldiers on the ground providing help.