EF-2 tornado struck Cato, destroying 4 homes and injuring 6, Arkansas


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:

Rating: EF-2
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)
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 6

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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  1. On the bible on the morning of Mar23,2017 I had a dream that I was living in a farmer’s shed of a house in Arkansas. In the dream i could see over I55 from a rickety porch on the house. A semi truck came roaring south on I55 and sprayed a huge wake of water off the highway. I went inside and laid down to sleep in my dream. Suddenly a very strong wind blew against the timbers of the house. As if defying gravity I was lifted into the air above the bed and dropped down again and lifted again. It was so terrifying I yelled out :Jesus let me live as I had seen other storm survivors do on TV. I then awoke. I came to reason that the only way I could have been lifted above the bed like that is if the whole house had been lifted and then dropped like in an airplane. It was very specific in the dream where the tornado touched down. It was in Marie,AR on I55 South of Victoria next to the town of Driver. My mother’s name is Marie,I was born in Victoria and have been a semitruck driver for 25 years. I live south of Jacksonville in Florida and Cabot is 9 miles from Jacksonville AR. All this is in earnest truth. My heart felt feelings go out to the people of Cabot.

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