Arkansas officials say Vilonia hard-hit by tornado

VILONIA (AP) — Arkansas officials say the town of Vilonia has been hard hit by a tornado, including areas that were hit by a storm in 2011.

Matt DeCample, a spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe, said Sunday night that homes and businesses in the central Arkansas community had suffered major damage.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler said Faulkner County officials had asked that troopers offer assistance at Vilonia.

DeCample said that the storm was a half-mile to three-quarters of a mile wide when it passed through the community about 25 miles north of Little Rock. Power was out to much of the town.

Four people were killed when a twister hit Vilonia three years ago Friday.

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