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1 dead in Ark. as more storms roll in

Apr 27, 2011 7:13:00 AM - thestate.com
Violent weather pounded several Southern states for a second straight night, killing at least one person in Arkansas a day after a series of powerful storms killed 10 people in flooding and a tornado that twisted a tractor-trailer like a wrung dish rag.

The National Weather Service issued a high risk warning for severe weather in a stretch extending from northeast of Memphis to just northeast of Dallas and covering a large swath of Arkansas. It last issued such a warning on April 16, when dozens of tornadoes hit North Carolina and killed 21 people.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed early Wednesday that the latest victim died when a storm moved through Sharp County. Officials said the person was in a home near Arkansas Highway 230 but didn't know exactly how the person died or whether a tornado had touched down in the area.

Dozens of tornado warnings had been issued in Arkansas Tuesday night. Strong winds peeled part of the roof off of a medical building next to a hospital in West Memphis, near the Tennessee border, but no one was inside.

At least 100 homes in the East Texas town of Edom were damaged Tuesday night, and a woman was injured when her mobile home was destroyed, officials said. There were also minor injuries reported in Louisiana when a trailer at an oil drilling site turned over in high winds.

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