Severe storm, tornado cause significant damage to Arkansas counties
Arkansas Governor Beebe declared 15 counties across Arkansas disaster areas on Thursday, a day after a severe storm and at least one tornado swept through the state.
An EF-2 tornado touched down in the Botkinburg area of Van Buren County on Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.
The tornado had peak winds of up to 135 mph and a width of about 400 yards; it damaged or destroyed dozens of houses.
Counties covered under the declaration are Cleburne, Conway, Garland, Hot Spring, Independence, Izard, Lincoln, Montgomery, Polk, Sharp, Stone, Union, Van Buren, White, and Yell Counties.
Damage assessments continue, and additional counties may be added to the disaster declaration, according to Gov. Beebe’s Office.
Iowa Disaster Declaration
Governor Branstad has declared disaster for 10 counties in northwest Iowa following the losses and damage caused by severe weather.
Counties included in the proclamation are Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth and Sioux.
Beginning April 9, severe storm systems affected the state of Iowa. The storm systems spawned severe weather, including damaging winds, heavy rains, thunderstorms, freezing rains, and ice storms and caused significant damage to public and private property, power outages resulting from downed power lines and poles, and large debris piles. Full declaration posted here.
Iowa Disaster Declaration #2
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 22 Iowa counties as disaster areas due to the combined effects of freezing temperatures and continuing drought conditions.
Other Disaster Declarations in Iowa
“Kossuth County, Iowa has been designated as a primary disaster area for drought conditions beginning March 15, 2013 and continuing. Seven Iowa counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for program based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Emmet, Hancock, Humboldt, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Winnebago, and Wright,” said a report.
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