Faulkner County was saved from the brunt of the storm system that moved just north in Van Buren County early Wednesday evening and produced a tornado in Botkinburg.
A noticeable temperature drop occurred just after 5 p.m., and reports of tornado activity just north of Clinton followed.
A church in Botkinburg along State Highway 65 was destroyed, along with some nearby structures and at least one tractor trailer.
Social media and news agency reports were that there were injuries, but no one was inside the church when the tornado hit.
A witness told the Log Cabin Democrat he was in the church’s parking lot when the tornado lifted his truck briefly and then moved to the church.
Ozark Health Medical Center in Clinton would not confirm if the hospital was treating people injured in the storm. A representative said the hospital would release a statement in the morning.
Clinton Police Chief Toney Parish said there was no reported damage in the Clinton city limits at press time.
Parish said he and the Clinton Police Department lost contact with Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office when a service tower was destroyed in the first of two strong storms.
There was no telephone service to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at press time Wednesday.
The Conway Fire Department was poised to help those affected by flooding near downtown, but no substantial flooding was reported.
The second round of high wind and heavy rain promised to fill the creeks to overflowing, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Winter.
Firefighters assisted Arkansas State Police with the removal of a tree that had fallen across one lane of Interstate 40 at mile marker 133. The Interstate was not blocked to traffic, Winter said.
Conway Corp. employees worked to remove a massive fallen tree on Wasson Road, but reported only scattered outages throughout the city limits.
Most damage has been reported in Van Buren County.
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