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Thursday, November 10, 2005

TORNADO: The remains of the roof to a cellar lay next to a twisted and broken tree on the property of Joie and Edna York in Camp. The damage is the result of an F1 tornado that struck the area Nov. 5
Trail of damage left through Fulton, Sharp

Officials from the National Weather Service in Fulton County Nov. 8 determined the Nov. 5 storm that caused isolated damage in the Camp community was an F1 tornado. One man suffered injuries in the storm.

John Robinson, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, surveyed the damage in Fulton County Nov. 8 with Renee Fair, meteorologist in charge.

Robinson said the tornado, with winds estimated at 110 mph, cut a 5-mile swath starting 3.1 miles east of Moko and continuing to 4.7 miles northeast of Camp. Moving at 50-60 mph, the tornado was on the ground about five minutes, he said.

The damage was contained to residences along North Camp Creek Road, Willett said. The tornado resulted in downed trees, damage to a storage building, siding damage and windows blown out of vehicles, said resident Joie York, who resides just north of Camp.

"You can tell it wasn't a straight line wind," York said. "It was a twister by the way everything fell. It was just in every direction."

York suffered minor injuries when he attempted to seek shelter in his storm cellar.

"We heard a tornado coming through here. We tried to get to the cellar, but it was about too late for me. It sucked me back out," he said. "It knocked me flat on the ground. I tried to get back up and something hit me again and knocked me back down," he said. "I finally was able to crawl into the back porch and through the back door."

York was taken to Fulton County Hospital where physicians took X-rays. Despite his aches and pains, he has no broken bones.

"I was just beat up," he said. "I've got a black eye and a sore jaw."

Robinson and Fair were also in Sharp County Nov. 7 taking a look at the devastation caused by a small tornado that touched down south of Williford on Lone Oak Road around 10:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

"It hit the trailer, turned it upside down and tore it all to pieces," said Sharp County Road Superintendent Dan Melbourne. About 40 to 50 trees were toppled or uprooted in a two-mile stretch by the Saturday night storm.

The home's occupants, Doug and Ruth Clements and Wayne Collins, were injured and transported to White River Medical Center, Robinson said. Collins remained in the hospital with a broken nose and two broken vertebrae. Doug Clements received a broken arm, while Ruth Clements sustained scrapes and bruises. She also required stitches on her foot. Both were released from the hospital, Robinson said.

The tornado traveled on the ground for 4.8 miles, Robinson said. It began one mile southwest of Sitka and continued four miles east-northeast of Sitka, he said.

In its path the twister not only destroyed the Clements' home, but overturned a nearby travel trailer, caused roof damage to another mobile home, toppled a tree onto a vacant house and blew out windows to five cars, Robinson said.

Trees were down in the Center community, but it wasn't due to a tornado, just high winds, he said.

The Sharp County tornado was an F2, Robinson said, with winds estimated at 115 to 120 mph.

The Nov. 5 storm was part of a series of storms that formed in Arkansas when a cold front moved in from the northwest Saturday night and Sunday morning. The storms were more frequent and more severe in northern Arkansas, said John Lewis, senior forecaster with the National Weather Service.

The winds knocked down trees and power lines in Baxter and Lonoke counties. Penny-size hail was reported on Interstate 40 in Conway.

Just across the Missouri border from Sharp and Fulton County, two tornadoes touched down in Myrtle, causing an estimated $1 million in damage, mostly to timber. Some homes and vehicles were damaged or destroyed, and three horses found themselves stranded in downed trees. One freed itself and the other two were freed by area residents.

Other states suffered worse. A series of tornadoes tore across western Kentucky and Indiana Sunday morning, killing more than 20 people.

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