On a day in which the epicenter of a severe thunderstorm outbreak was predicted to be in central Illinois, a violent tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Ark., causing extensive damage.
The large twister tore through the south side of the city of over 75,000 people just after 5 p.m. local time.
The National Weather Service received reports of flipped cars and “severe” damage to buildings in downtown Jonesboro and “extensive” damage at a shopping mall and other buildings. Several hangars and planes were reportedly damaged at Jonesboro Municipal Airport.
Local officials said six people had minor injuries.
The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning at 4:47 p.m. for Jonesboro, offering 13 to 14 minutes of lead time. A tornado watch had been posted for much of eastern Arkansas just after 2 p.m.