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OAN Geraldyn Berry
UPDATED 3:45 PM – Friday, March 31, 2023
According to the National Weather Service, a “catastrophic” tornado has passed through the Little Rock, Arkansas, region.
Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-Ark.) said that “significant damage has occurred in Central Arkansas.”
Significant damage has occurred in Central Arkansas. I’m in constant communication with AR State Police and @AR_Emergencies who are working with local law enforcement to assist anyone injured. Praying for all those who were and remain in the path of this storm.
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) March 31, 2023
On Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service declared a tornado emergency for parts of the Little Rock metro region, citing a “damaging tornado” that had passed through the area.
According to National Weather Service data, over 300,000 individuals were nearby and close to the storm.
In the tornado warning, the National Weather Service stated that the storm’s damage threat was “catastrophic,” and that they verified a “large and destructive tornado” had moved through parts of Little Rock.
In a Twitter post, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. quickly requested assistance from the National Guard and warned local citizens to stay away from the affected areas.
I have been in contact with Gov. @SarahHuckabee Sanders to request National Guard assistance with our response to the tornado emergency. Again, please stay away from the affected areas to allow emergency responders access.
— Frank Scott, Jr. (@FrankScottJr) March 31, 2023
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