I drove around parts of Jonesboro, here’s some raw video of damage from the tornado.
Hoping and praying everyone in NEA is safe and sound. pic.twitter.com/bBWZs6eA5H
— Chris Hudgison (@ChrisHudgison) March 29, 2020
Property damage was enormous in Jonesboro from Saturday’s tornado — a ravaged major mall, collapsed big box store and much more show in the Twitter video by Chris Hudgison of KAIT. But so far, reports of only six minor injuries and no deaths.
UPDATE: officials said Sunday morning that 22 had been injured and two required hospitalization.
All are commenting that things could have been much worse had the tornado struck the city’s prime shopping area on a day when much of it wasn’t shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.
See the Best Buy destruction here (it was open).
— Ernie Paulson (@erniepaulson) March 29, 2020
Video cameras were rolling as the massive funnel cloud blew through. One caught the funnel near Paragould.
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) March 29, 2020
Property damage of course DOES exact a human toll. One example from Chris May at KATV.
Last night we told you how Dr. Jared Burks has been living apart from his wife Alyssa and their son Zeke in Northeast Arkansas while he treats patients with #COVID19.
Today, the Burks’ home was destroyed by a tornado. They’re all safe.
— Chris May (@KATVChrisMay) March 29, 2020