Suspected tornado brings damage to Nevada Co, AR

Published: Dec. 28, 2015 at 4:19 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2015 at 4:49 AM CST
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WILLISVILLE, AR (KSLA) - The size and extent of suspected tornadoes that are believed to have touched down in parts of the ArkLaTex Sunday is not yet known, but the storms brought heavy damage to several areas including Nevada County, AR.

Nevada County Chief Deputy Larry Miller says he spotted a wall cloud was just before 5 p.m. coming from the south and traveling north in Willisville before it appeared to touch down.

"Just about a quarter of a mile up the road here, I could see the tornado on the road here on the ground traveling through the woods in a north east direction."

Several trees were blown over and a number of homes damaged, but there have been no reports of injuries.

"There are several miles of county roads here that are blocked eventually we will have to get in and check everybody out," said Miller.

"I saw the debris in the wind and air around there," recalls Willisville resident Jeremy Mitchell, pointing in the direction of the debris cloud he witnessed as the storm approached his property along Nevada 162.

"It is true what they say about a freight train coming. It sure sounded like one."

Several structures on Mitchell's property was either destroyed or heavily damage by the storm.

"There was nothing you could do but pray and hide and hope everything would turn out alright."

Nevada County Sheriff Danny Martin said most of the damage is located in the southern part of the county. Cleanup will continue on Monday.

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