Death total in Arkansas changed to 15 but Mississippi took a pounding with 11 lost lives, add the other states and total lost lives to this storm = 28 and it's hitting Georgia today. This thing isn't over folks.
Latest reports still at 16 deaths in Arkansas with two children among the lost. As always with storms like this there are stories. I just watched a man from Vilonia that in the tornado of 3 years back lost everything and like most rebuilt and started over. The last tornado left parts of his home and some of his belongings which helped but on TV a few minutes ago he said building the house again this time would be easier. Nothing but the slab left and he was standing on it talking to TV reporters.
But as hard is that is there are still two things even harder to swallow, the 8 lives lost in Faulkner County where the city of Vilonia is located and the brand new $14m dollar school that hadn't even been fully moved into yet is now also gone.
At this point no one is still sure if all are accounted for, hopefully they are and we won't have another lost life to mother nature.
Jack , how are you doing ? did things pass ? what about John (Jct) ?
In about 30 minutes I'll get the grandkids up to get ready for school and on Mondays it's trash day, the day I take my trash cans to the highway curve for the trash man to pick up. As I walked down my driveway it was nice to see stars out, very long night, but not near as long as for these poor people:
Death toll now stands at 16 here in Arkansas and could rise. The last tornado 3 years ago as I said destroyed Vilonia and the entire school system and reports are now as you can read, another $14m school destroyed, it was a tough night in Arkieland. T-storms still on the weather forecast to add to already flooded areas for today and tomorrow but the blunt of this system has passed us and heading for others in the east and south. They don't call this region tornado alley for no reason.
As I type here I am reminded of just how small we really are and while I'm relieved that my loved ones are all OK I am extremely sad hearted for those that suffered loss of life and their families.
My wife managed a text to me from her floor in the hospital that the entire hospital is on code yellow which simply means no one will leave until that status is changed.
For all of you who are in the path of this don't take any chances and take cover quickly before it hits.
From all the reports John JCT is fine, all storms of tornado magnitude went south of JCT. Got a text from the wife, she's nursing the injured and hurting right now as I type, may be several hours before she gets off. She works nights now and her shift is Sunday to Tuesday. They called in every nurse they had at different times to beef up the staff until code yellow expires.
When she does get off I'll drive to Little Rock to get her because she'll be too exhausted to drive for sure.
Updated and only worse, 11 confirmed dead. I managed to go to bed around 11:30 p.m. only to be up now with another cell of storms coming in. So far only tornado, flash flood and T-storm warnings.
I went out and dumped my rain gauge a few minutes ago and it registered nearly 3" of rain since 7 p.m. yesterday.
I hope this super cell as they labeled it weakens as it moves east and the rest of the country fairs better.
The latest TV reports list the tornado that hit both Mayflower and Vilonia as a EF3. Sadly only 3 years ago Vilonia was leveled with even the entire school system destroyed, please think of all these people and their families.
The little town of Vilonia has also reported a loss of life and even worse with the main hwy going in hwy64 shut down they have a major gas line break from the tornado and officials are evacuating the entire town. Multiple injuries!
My wife is a RN on night shift at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock on the orthopedic floor and she dropped me a text about a hour ago and she reported over 30 patients in less than a hour, going to be a long night for her.
In Mayflower one death and Int. 40 still closed down when the tornado took out even the semis on the road.
At this point it seems to be calming down and I'm staying up to keep a eye on this. Both these towns are less than 40 miles from my house, yes a tough night in Arkieland indeed.
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Softwarp Softwarp was challenged and even though it is found here, IMO it is not a every day word used in the English language and is used by MS in it's glossary of terms and is not found in the dictionary used here to "Check" words, Challenge accepted and we move back to SOFTWARE which is in this dictionary used here. It would be similar to this word we all know: