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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
726 PM CDT SUN MAY 4 2008

...DAMAGE SURVEYS COMPLETE IN DALLAS...GRANT...SALINE...PULASKI 
AND LONOKE COUNTIES...

THREE TORNADO TRACKS WERE IDENTIFIED BY A SURVEY TEAM FROM THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE ROCK.

TORNADO TRACK NUMBER ONE SURVEY IS NOW COMPLETE. THIS TORNADO
TRACKED FROM ABOUT 2 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF BELFAST ALONG STATE 
HIGHWAY 35 IN GRANT COUNTY THROUGH SOUTHEAST SALINE AND SOUTHERN 
PULASKI COUNTIES TO 5 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF LONOKE IN LONOKE 
COUNTY. TOTAL PATH LENGTH IS APPROXIMATELY 40.5 MILES. THIS 
TORNADO WAS RATED EF2 AND MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS 300 YARDS.  

COMMUNITIES AFFECTED INCLUDED PALESTINE...BELFAST...AND ICO IN 
GRANT COUNTY...HENSLEY AND WOODSON IN PULASKI COUNTY...AND KEO AND
PETTUS IN LONOKE COUNTY. THERE WAS ONE FATALITY...OCCURRING IN 
HENSLEY. 

NUMEROUS HOMES AND STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED. SEVERAL MANUFACTURED 
HOMES WERE DESTROYED. AT LEAST ONE MANUFACTURED HOME WAS TOTALLY 
UNRECOGNIZABLE WITH THE FRAME WRAPPED AROUND A LARGE TREE. THERE 
WERE 2 LARGE 500 KV STEEL POWER TRANSMISSION TOWERS DOWN IN 
GRANT COUNTY...AND ANOTHER 5 IN LONOKE COUNTY. THIS APPEARS TO 
BE A CONTINUOUS TRACK. HOMES..BARNS...AND OTHER OUTBUILDINGS 
WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED IN ALL 4 COUNTIES.

TORNADO NUMBER TWO BEGAN 4.8 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF CARTHAGE IN
DALLAS COUNTY AND ENDED 4.8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SHERIDAN IN GRANT
COUNTY. TOTAL PATH LENGTH WAS 17 MILES. MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS ONE HALF
MILE IN THE CROSSROADS COMMUNITY SOUTH OF SHERIDAN. DAMAGE TO TIMBER
WAS EXTENSIVE. ONE WOODEN POWERLINE TOWER WAS KNOCKED DOWN BY A
MANUFACTURED HOME THAT LANDED ON THE STRUCTURE. SEVERAL OTHER
MANUFACTURED HOMES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. MOST WELL BUILT HOUSES
WERE NOT SEVERELY DAMAGED. THIS TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF2.

TORNADO NUMBER THREE HIT THE TOWN OF CARLISLE. THE TRACK OF THIS TORNADO
BEGAN ONE MILE WEST SOUTHWEST FROM THE CENTER OF TOWN AND ENDED 1.6
MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF THE CENTER OF TOWN. TOTAL PATH LENGTH WAS
2.6 MILES AND MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS 200 YARDS. IN THE WESTERN HALF OF
TOWN...THE TORNADO MAINLY REMOVED SHINGLES AND DOWNED TREES...WITH
MOST SERIOUS HOUSE DAMAGE DUE TO TREES FALLING ON THE STRUCTURES. IN
THE EASTERN PORTION OF TOWN...ALONG 2ND AND 3RD STREETS...THE
TORNADO BLEW A LARGE PORTION OF THE ROOF OFF ONE HOUSE AND ANOTHER
HOME HAD A PART OF THE ROOF DECK REMOVED. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF1.

THE SURVEY TODAY WAS CONDUCTED BY STEVE BAYS...SERVICE
HYDROLOGIST...AND ALLEN ATKINS...ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN. BOTH ARE
FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE ROCK.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
735 PM CDT MON MAY 5 2008

...UPDATE ON TORNADO SURVEY IN DALLAS AND GRANT COUNTIES...

A TORNADO TRACK WAS IDENTIFIED DURING A SURVEY ON SUNDAY IN DALLAS
AND GRANT COUNTIES. THE TORNADO STARTED 4.8 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF
CARTHAGE IN DALLAS COUNTY AND ENDED 4.8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SHERIDAN
IN GRANT COUNTY.

THE SURVEYORS HAD NO ACCESS TO PORTIONS OF EASTERN GRANT
COUNTY...WHICH WERE MADE ACCESSIBLE TODAY. IT WAS FOUND THE TORNADO
TRACKED A LITTLE FARTHER TO THE NORTHEAST...WITH AN ENDING POINT 9.1
MILES EAST OF SHERIDAN.

THE TOTAL PATH LENGTH WILL GO FROM 17 MILES TO ROUGHLY 22 MILES. THE
PORTION OF THE TRACK DISCOVERED TODAY INCLUDED NUMEROUS LARGE TREES
DOWN...WITH SOME DAMAGE TO HOMES IN THE PRAGUE COMMUNITY.

THE SURVEY TODAY WAS CONDUCTED BY JOHN ROBINSON...WARNING
COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST...AND JOE GOUDSWARD...SENIOR
FORECASTER...BOTH WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE
ROCK.

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