Mena, Ark. (AP) In the mountains of western Arkansas, the city of Mena is a mess this morning after a “direct hit” from a deadly tornado last night.
Emergency workers plan to go door-to-door to account for the city 5,700 residents. At least 3 people were killed and 30 injured when the twister cut through the town shortly after 8 p.m.
Firefighters will have to cut there way through debris to reach some houses, with trees and buildings flattened around the city. The Polk County Sheriff tells Little Rock television station KTHV, “it's going to be a long day.”
The tornado was spawned by a violent weather system that caused damage throughout the south and parts of the Midwest. The National Weather Service says a woman was injured in Shreveport, La., when a tree fell on her car during another tornado. Twisters also damaged homes in at least three other communities in Arkansas and Oklahoma.