The injury in Arkansas got here after a extreme thunderstorm produced a twister that was tearing by way of the area, according to the Nationwide Climate Service. As of 9:17 p.m. native time, the storm was close to Trumann, Ark., and transferring northeast at 55 miles per hour, bringing with it a twister and quarter-sized hail, the Climate Service stated.
On Friday evening, the Climate Service had issued a twister warning for a number of counties in japanese Arkansas and southeastern Missouri.
“This is what we would call a tornado outbreak, where you have a storm system which produces a number of tornadoes over a large geographical area,” Dan Pydynowski, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, stated on Friday.
However such a big and highly effective system in December is extremely uncommon, and one thing the area normally sees in Could or April.
“It’s certainly not unheard-of,” he stated of tornadoes this late within the yr, “but to have an outbreak of this magnitude, with this many tornado reports — it’s a little unusual for this time of year.”
Temperatures in Arkansas and Kansas as we speak have been “spring weather,” Mr. Pydynowski stated. Highs have been within the 70s and 80s. “It was unusually warm, and there was moisture in place. And you had a strong cold front end. These are the ingredients for big storms in the spring, but not in mid-December,” he stated.
Twister warnings are in place in a single day, because the storm system shifts east.
“Certainly, we’ll be dealing with more tornadoes as we move into tomorrow and the whole storm system moves forward into Ohio, eastern Kentucky and eastern Tennessee,” Mr. Pydynowski added.