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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Storm damages sections of Cleburne County

  • A line of severe weather passed through the state on Tuesday causing damage in parts of the county.
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  • A line of severe weather passed through the state on Tuesday causing damage in parts of the county. While Heber dodged a bullet, receiving primarily heavy rain and some wind gusts, parts of Drasco, Wolf Bayou, Greers Ferry, and Prim were not so fortunate. While reports of damaged barns and downed trees were reported out of the Prim and Greers Ferry areas, most reports of damage came from Drasco and Wolf Bayou. Damage was visible along Hwy 25 to businesses and homes in Drasco, along with numerous uprooted and snapped trees littering the area. Law enforcement reported that power lines had been blown down in Drasco. Quitman also reported trees that had been overturned.
    Cleburne County Judge Jerry Holmes said he had been traveling the county to inspect damage from the storm. Although, as of publication, a tornado has not been ruled out, Holmes said the preliminary assumption is that this damage was caused by strong straight-line winds. Holmes said he would continue to assess damage in the county and assist residents in the recovery process.
    This storm was part of a strong line of storms that passed through the entire state on Tuesday. The National Weather Service has reported it spawned at least 3 tornados in Arkansas, one of which destroyed 40 to 50 homes north of Elkins in Washington County. As the storm left Arkansas and moved east, it continued to wreak havoc, spawning at least one tornado that killed one person in Adairsville, Georgia and injured 17 others.

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