Tornado watch extended until 9 a.m. Wednesday for Fort Smith
STAFF REPORTS | Fort Smith Times Record
A possible tornado hit Springdale early Wednesday and destroyed a school gymnasium as severe weather moved across Benton and Washington counties in northwest Arkansas.
The Springdale School District will be closed today, Wednesday March 30, 2022 due to potential severe weather and power outages.
— Springdale Schools (@sdaleschools) March 30, 2022
A tornado watch expired at 9 a.m. for Fort Smith and the River Valley. Tornado warnings popped up for the Mena area, but no damage was reported there.
No immediate reports of injuries were made after the storm hit about 4 a.m. But Springdale Public Schools classes were canceled for Wednesday.
A tornado warning was issued for the Waldron area about 7:30 a.m.
About 7:05 a.m. severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 6 miles north of Charleston to 3 miles southeast of Washburn, moving northeast at 55 mph.
Another strong storm moved toward Waldron, Arkansas southeast of Fort Smith at 6 a.m.
Television crews from KHBS/KHOG News Wednesday morning showed damage to structures and reported power outages in Springdale. Power lines were down and debris was on the road.
A tornado watch remains in affect until 7 a.m. for Fort Smith and the River Valley, the National Weather Service reports.
A thunderstorm with light rain moved into Fort Smith early Wednesday, but no damage was reported.
At 5:45 a.m., a severe thunderstorm was moving across southeastern Sequoyah County near Fort Smith. The storm was packing 60-mph winds.
Counties in Arkansas under the tornado warning issued through 7 a.m. were Benton, Crawford, Sebastian and Washington.
There is a lot of damage on Powell St. in Springdale from this morning’s severe weather. Here you can see power lines pulled down over the street by what looks to be some sheet metal. #arwx pic.twitter.com/pPpXLmtA2u
— 40/29 Cole Zimmerman (@4029Cole) March 30, 2022