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Tornadoes, Severe Storms Produce Damage Across Plains, South

June 7, 2014

Another batch of severe weather erupted across parts of the Plains and South Friday, causing injuries and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

The storms rumbled out of Oklahoma early Friday and by afternoon had pummeled northeastern Arkansas, which had two people die when a derecho packing 80 mph winds hit Thursday. Severe thunderstorms are expected to continue this weekend, stretching from the Southern Plains to parts of the lower Ohio Valley on Saturday.

Here is a round-up of the most notable damage across the region:

Arkansas

A possible tornado left a mother and daughter with minor injuries and damaged several hotels and businesses in Batesville on Friday afternoon, according to Arkansasmatters.com

The storm struck around 3 p.m. The National Weather Service said they would survey the area to determine whether or not a tornado did hit the area.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says a 9-year-old and their mother were reported slightly injured at a daycare center.

The storm system also downed trees and power lines in central Arkansas. The weather service in Little Rock says there are reports of windows blown out of buildings in Sherwood and roof damage to a building in Little Rock.

Entergy Arkansas reported more than 13,000 power outages statewide Saturday morning.

The severe storms follow a derecho that moved through the state on Thursday, which is blamed for two deaths in northeast Arkansas due to falling trees.

Oklahoma

Heavy rain early Friday morning caused the roof of an apartment building in Oklahoma City to collapse while strong winds knocked down power lines in nearby Del City.

KOKH-TV reports that 12 people were evacuated following the collapse. No injuries have been reported.

KOCO reports that crews in Del City were working to repair power lines knocked down by strong winds Friday morning. No one was injured.

Colorado

Afternoon thunderstorms across the eastern plains spawned a reported six tornadoes across the state, reports the Denver Post, including a tornado in Weld County that uprooted trees and downed power lines, broke windows on a barn and tore the roof off a shed.

Weld County sheriff's spokesman Sean Standridge says there were no reports of injuries or major damage from the tornado Friday near Roggen, about 25 miles southwest of Fort Morgan.

The tornado touched down about 3 p.m.

In all, nine counties along the Front Range and eastern plains were under tornado warnings. Those counties were Adams, Baca, Bent, Arapahoe, Elbert, Las Animas, Lincoln, and Washington counties.

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A shelf cloud is spotted over Huntley, Ill. as a derecho invaded the Midwest on Monday, June 24, 2013. (NWS Chicago/Francis Uy)


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