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Severe Weather/Heavy Rain on April 10-11, 2013 (Pg2)
 
A tornado (rated EF2) downed or snapped numerous trees and removed part of a roof from a house 3.2 miles east of Scotland (Van Buren County) around 424 pm CDT on 04/10/2013.
In the picture: A tornado (rated EF2) downed or snapped numerous trees and removed part of a roof from a house 3.2 miles east of Scotland (Van Buren County) around 424 pm CDT on 04/10/2013. Click to enlarge.
About 20 minutes later, the same tornado heavily damaged this church near Botkinburg (Van Buren County).
In the picture: About 20 minutes later, the same tornado heavily damaged this church near Botkinburg (Van Buren County). Click to enlarge.
 

Along the way, numerous trees were downed or snapped. Five houses were destroyed, with major damage to nearly a dozen homes. A church near Botkinburg (Van Buren County) was also dismantled. If the tornado had arrived 90 minutes later, there would have been a service in progress.

 

Riding the Storm
The media reported that a check written to a florist in Clinton (Van Buren County) was found on the south side of Mountain Home (Baxter County) on 04/11/2013. The check originated from a residence near Scotland (Van Buren County). Apparently, the tornado in Van Buren County the day before carried the check 50 to 60 miles to the north-northeast. It was discovered by a man inspecting his property for storm damage.

 

A second tornado (rated EF1) was identified from just northwest of Rushing (Stone County) to almost 5 miles north of town (a 4.6 mile track). A couple of chicken houses were hit, with mainly tree damage noted.

 

Three tornadoes tore across portions of Van Buren, Stone and Izard Counties on 04/10/2013.

The third tornado (rated EF2) slammed into the White River community of Mt. Olive (Izard County). A log house shifted off its foundation. Numerous homes had minor structural damage.

In the picture: Three tornadoes tore across portions of Van Buren, Stone and Izard Counties on 04/10/2013. There was extensive wind damage at Horseshoe Bend (Izard County).

 

As the evening progressed, storms formed into a line in central Arkansas and raced to the east. Trees were blown onto a store at Hamlet (Faulkner County) by 60 to 65 mph winds. South of Vilonia (Faulkner County), 70 mph gusts were estimated. Downed trees blocked roads at Evening Shade (Sharp County), and 90 to 100 mph winds damaged at least forty homes at Horseshoe Bend (Izard County). Three homes were destroyed.

This simulated radar loop shows storms evolving into a line and sweeping toward the Mississippi River during the evening of 04/10/2013.
In the picture: This simulated radar loop shows storms evolving into a line and sweeping toward the Mississippi River during the evening of 04/10/2013.

 

At Garrett Bridge (Lincoln County), two occupied mobile homes were heavily damaged by storms that bowed out, and trees were toppled onto several homes. This "bow echo" had the classic backward C-shape, which indicated powerful winds punching through the back of the storms.

 

A Successful Event Overall
Unfortunately, there were half a dozen or so Arkansans injured during this event. The great news is there were no fatalities.

 

A tornado hit southeast Lincoln County on 04/10/2013.

However, there was some rotation along the leading edge of the bow. It was confirmed by the National Weather Service that a tornado (rated EF1) swept through the area (a 6.7 mile track).

In the picture: A tornado hit southeast Lincoln County on 04/10/2013.

 

 

By 700 am CDT on the 11th, two to three inch rainfall amounts (and locally more) were widespread in the southeast half of the state. This caused localized flash flooding. Just southwest of Mountain View (Stone County), high water made some roads impassible during the evening of the 10th.

Twenty four hour rainfall as of 700 am CDT on 04/11/2013.
In the picture: Twenty four hour rainfall as of 700 am CDT on 04/11/2013.

 

Des Arc (Prairie County) had 3.21 inches of rain, with 3.15 inches at Arkansas City (Desha County) and Calico Rock (Izard County). At Eudora (Chicot County), 3.02 inches was measured.

Behind the front, temperatures tumbled quickly into the 30s and 40s. Readings by dawn on the 11th were close to freezing in the far northwest. At Fayetteville (Washington County) and Highfill (Benton County), the mercury dropped to 33 degrees.

 

Weather headlines from the National Weather Service as of 154 pm CDT on 04/10/2013.

As severe weather and flash flooding were going on locally, the main storm system to the northwest was producing heavy snow in portions of the northern and central Plains and upper Midwest.

In the picture: Weather headlines from the National Weather Service as of 154 pm CDT on 04/10/2013.

 

Storm Reports
There were reports of wind damage, isolated tornadoes, hail, flash flooding and lightning on April 10, 2013. For a look at some reports, click here.
 
Link of Interest
Plot Reports
Preliminary reports of severe weather, flash flooding and lightning in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 10, 2013 (in red).
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In the picture: Preliminary reports of severe weather, flash flooding and lightning in the Little Rock County Warning Area on April 10, 2013 (in red).

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