An EF-2 tornado touched down near Cato, Arkansas at 23:20 CDT on Friday, March 24, 2017 (04:20 UTC, March 25), destroying 4 homes and damaging other. At least 6 people were injured, one of them was trapped under a house.
The National Weather Service said the tornado touched down just south of the Pulaski/Faulkner County line, south of Frenchman Mountain Road around Lowridge Road and then crossed Frenchman Mountain Road into Faulkner County. It then crossed again into Pulaski county before dissipating.
NWS Damage Survey for Cato tornado on March 24, 2017:
Estimated peak wind: 178 - 193 km/h (111 - 120 mph)
Path length / statute: 6.5 km (4.04 miles)
Path width / maximum: 91 m (100 yards)
Start/end date: March 24, 2017
Start/end time: 11:20 PM - 11:27 PM CDT
Start/end location: 1.6 km (1 miles) SE Cato, Pulaski County, AR / 3.2 km (2 miles) NE Olmstead, Pulaski County, AR
Start/end lat/lon: 34.9262, -92.2479 / 34.9650, -92.1940
The risk for severe thunderstorms continues through the weekend, NWS warns.
The main threat will shift from parts of eastern Texas into the Ozark Plateau and spread into the lower Mississippi Valley by Saturday afternoon and evening. Severe storms are possible in the Tennessee Valley and southern Plains Sunday.
Storms may contain damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado.
Featured image: Damage after tornado touch down near Cato, Arkansas on March 24, 2017. Credit: Mitchell McCoy (via Twitter)
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