Lawrence & Greene County Tornado

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Warnings Issued

  • 3:59pm: Tornado Warning for Lawrence County

  • 4:38pm: Tornado Warning for Greene County



Just before 4:00pm, a severe thunderstorm with a possible tornado was indicated on doppler radar over Lawrence county in addition to a storm spotter report of a tornado 14 miles southwest of Walnut Ridge. This prompted the tornado warning for Lawrence county issued at 3:59pm.

The tornado touched down along highway 230 and moved east-northeast for about one and a half miles. Homes, outbuildings, trector sheds and grain bins were damaged along the highway. A mobile home was rolled over and a large antenna collapsed onto a house. Numerous trees were blown down or snapped, with other trees twisted. One home lost its entire roof but all exterior walls were still standing. A garage was flattened and a camper blown over. There was other damage on hwy 349 just north of hwy 230, about one mile west of the county line, with damage to trees and road signs. Debris was scattered across a field along the tornado's path.

The storm then moved northeast into Greene county where doppler radar and additional spotter reports indicated a tornado 3 miles west of Walcott. The NWS issued a tornado warning for Greene county at 4:38pm. The tornado touched down just southwest of Marmaduke and tracked northeast, moving through the center of town and damaging numerous structures. At the beginning of the tornado's path, it severely damaged a newly built home at hwy 34 and Harvey's Chapel Rd. Only interior walls were left standing. The storm crossed through the city park and went on to damage an area the size of a city block on the southwest side of town with numerous homes suffering damage to roofs and garages. One frame house on blocks was blown across a street and destroyed. Debris, including children's clothing, could be seen hanging 50 to 75 feet in trees. The storm weakened after moving through town, but additional damage from the tornado was noted along hwy 19 near Rector, where large tree limbs were blown down.

The tornado was rated as an F2 with estimated winds of 113-157 mph, a path 1.5 miles long and up to 200 yards wide in Lawrence county. The tornado in Greene county was rated as an F3 with estimated winds of 158-206 mph, a path of 1.5 miles long and 100 yards wide.


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