Blytheville, Arkansas Tornado

The tornadic thunderstorm that killed five persons in northeast Arkansas and northwest Tennessee also produced a brief tornado with attendant damage in Blytheville, Arkansas. Striking that northeast Arkansas city at 3:25 a.m., the tornado caused F-0 to F-1 damage. The damage was in a two-block section of the south-central part of Blytheville -- between the downtown area and Interstate Highway 55. Many large trees in that area were toppled, and several residences sustained roof damage. Also heavily damaged (roof) was a Kroger grocery and a couple of commercial buildings along Highway 61 south of downtown.

Reflectivity picture from Doppler radar showing hook echo associated with the Blytheville tornadic storm.

Relative velocity map from Doppler radar showing inbound and outbound velocity couplet near Blytheville.


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