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Deadly tornadoes rip through Arkansas

March 12, 2010 — A series of powerful tornadoes tore across Arkansas yesterday, destroying homes and killing one person.

A night of violent storms in Arkansas left dozens of homes destroyed and at least one person dead on Wednesday night.

By Thursday morning, the damage was visible and widespread. At least three twisters tore across the state. In addition to tornadoes, people in the state also had to cope with severe thunderstorms and golf ball size-hail.

If you ever find yourself in an area under a tornado watch or warning, the Canadian Red Cross has these safety tips:

  • Listen to your local radio & TV stations for updated storm information.
  • If you are inside, go to a safe place to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects.
  • If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area if there is no shelter.
  • If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety.
  • After a tornado has passed, watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area.

    Wednesday's intense weather came just two days after a tornado tore across Oklahoma. It was on the ground for 40 minutes on Monday and was rated as an EF-2 storm on the enhanced Fujita Scale. Officials say at least five homes were destroyed and debris was sent flying, but forecasters were quick to alert residents of the tornado and no one was injured.

    This week's active weather in the United States is associated with a Colorado low that's currently pushing across the country. It's the same system that's set to give parts of Ontario a drenching this weekend.

    Today, the risk of severe storms is HIGH in parts of Florida, Georgia and Alabama. If you're travelling through those states today, make sure you take extra caution.

    For more on this story, tune into The Weather Network on television. Our newscast comes up at :12 and :42 minutes past each hour.

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