As we were expecting, favorable conditions for severe weather outbreak verified across the Midwest yesterday afternoon an evening hours, Saturday March 28th. Several tornadoes have been reported across Iowa, Arkansas, and Illinois, severe storms with damaging winds across the Tennessee valley. The city of Jonesboro in the northeast Arkansas state was hit by a destructive tornado, leaving at least 6 injured and significant damage across the city.
In Jonesboro, an airport, a shopping mall, and various local business buildings were badly damaged. Several cars on a freight train were knocked over, including numerous vehicles also overturned and pushed into ditches in the city. 6 people have been reported injured, fortunately, no loss of life has been reported so far.
Here are satellite and radar imagery of the Jonesboro, AR tornado and the general situation as seen from the satellite. Several severe storms can be seen ripping through northeast Arkansas and Iowa:
— XelArtz (@xel_artz) March 28, 2020
— Stu Ostro (@StuOstro) March 29, 2020
— Stu Ostro (@StuOstro) March 28, 2020
Here are some of the most significant videos of the tornadoes, most of the footage is of the Jonesboro event:
— The Storm Geeks (@thestormgeeks) March 28, 2020
— ArkansasWxWatchers (@Arkwxwatchers) March 28, 2020
— mwiggins (@MarlowWiggins) March 28, 2020
— Zachary Hall (@WxZachary) March 28, 2020
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) March 28, 2020
Severe damage is being reported in Jonesboro, Arkansas, after a large tornado tracked through the city. #Jonesboro #Arkansas #arwx#tornado #JonesboroTornado #Jonesboro #ArkansasStrong#weareinthistogether #StayAtHomeAndStaySafe pic.twitter.com/hCh0Wdcu5u
— DailyNewsf (@DailyNe25683877) March 29, 2020
A tornado has been very strong one, leaving a severe destruction across parts of Jonesboro:
— Peter Forister ❄️☃️❄️ (@forecaster25) March 28, 2020
— Alicia Kimbrough❤️ (@_aliirenee) March 29, 2020
— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) March 28, 2020
VIDEO: Jonesboro AR – Footage of what used to be part of a car in the mall parking lot after a large violent #tornado went through the area! #arwx via snapmap @ReedTimmerAccu @spann @CherylScottWX pic.twitter.com/QRAL9PSyIG
— Tyler G (@tychistorm) March 28, 2020
— Donovan Neal | ApexStorm (@donowx) March 28, 2020
— Barry Brandt (@KATVBarry) March 28, 2020
The frontal system is now moving over the Great Lakes, but the severe threat will be less defined given the lack of moisture in the region. So some severe weather will remain possible across the portion of the upper Ohio Valley into the interior Mid-Atlantic. A SLGT risk has been issued for this afternoon and evening.
See the forecast discussion: