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Thursday, March 16, 2006

DANGEROUS WINDS: The Perryman barn was damaged in strong winds during the storms that hit the tri-county area March 9. Photo/Perryman
Storms ripped through the tri-counties March 9, leaving a swath of damage.

Authorities reported hail in Salem to the National Weather Service in Little Rock at 2:37 p.m.

Around 4:15 p.m. weather spotters and law enforcement in Izard County reported trees and power lines down, roofs and siding ripped off homes and buildings.

In Salem law enforcement reported downed power lines and a roof caved in on a building.

At 4:20 spotters reported hail measuring .88 inch in Franklin. At 4:25 p.m. Sharp County law enforcement reported hail measuring .75 inch in Ash Flat.

Still at Home: Lucky Little Hancock, Jason Perryman's horse, stands in the barn in Viola that had its roof torn off March 9. Photo/Price
Damaging wind gusts went through a large portion of the state, said Chris Buonanno of the National Weather Service. There were reports of nickel size hail south of Franklin, and winds of 78 miles per hour were recorded in Oil Trough in Independence County.

The National Weather Service received word from a trained spotter that thunderstorm wind had knocked down large limbs in Melbourne. Law enforcement reported a roof torn off a structure in Brockwell. Reports of a split tree and another tree with its top torn off also came in from Melbourne.

Law enforcement in Calico Rock reported that power lines were down.

The roof was torn off a trailer in Melbourne. Shingles were blown off another house.

Oxford saw the shingles torn off house and the limbs ripped off a cedar tree. Siding was torn off the side of another house there.

The roof was torn off the buildings housing Tangles Hair Care and J&J Accounting and Tax Service and Country Flowers on the town square in Salem.

Salem Fire Chief Heath Everett said a power line fell across a tree near Fulton County Hospital, which in turn started smoking. Because of the rain, no fire started and the tree ceased smoking when the power line was removed.

A barn belonging to Denny and Debbie Perryman of Viola also had its roof torn off and moved over to the side.

The Perrymans, their granddaughter, Karsyn Perryman, and son, Dustin Perryman, were all in the barn when then wind hit.

"I was playing with Karsyn. I looked up and saw the barn ripple up," Debbie Perryman said.

Debbie Perryman grabbed Karsyn and ran into the saddlebox in the barn and was quickly followed by Denny and Dustin.

Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said a barn near Glencoe had also been destroyed by the wind.

Law enforcement reported 1.75-inch hail in Cherokee Village at 11:40 a.m. Just five minutes later Hardy's fire department reported 1.0-inch hail.

Creeks and rivers began to swell, leaving some roads impassable due to high water.

"Our damage is mostly to these gravel roads," said Sharp County Judge Joe Stidman. "We have had some problems with washouts, especially around culverts and tiles."

After the storm reached the county March 9, calls began to pour into Sharp County's Central Dispatch office.

Between 4 and 6 p.m. trees were reported down on Highway 175 in Cherokee Village, near FM 101 Road in Highland and other locations throughout the county. A tree fell on a home on Evans Road in Ash Flat, and canoes were reported in the road near Spring River Apartments in Hardy.

While the dispatchers were kept busy, not all calls were reported to county law enforcement.

Raenell Tapner said her husband and two children were at their home in Poughkeepsie when the wind began to lift the roof off the home.

"My 13-year-old daughter said the walls were shaking," Tapner said, adding that she was working at Eaglecrest Nursing in Ash Flat at the time of the storm. "I'm still afraid to go in there."

The damage can be seen to the front porch area. The wind knocked the porch braces down and moved them in some places, Tapner said. The family does not have insurance. Tapner said her insurance company said the home was too old to insure.

"We stayed at my sister's last night," Tapner said Friday morning. "We bought a motor home for $100 and we'll be sleeping in there tonight."

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Director of Marketing and Communication Leah Rouse said around 5,000 customers lost their power due to storm damage. Most of the power outages were from tree limbs blown out of the trees by the high winds.

The company had 60 men out working into the night, she said. Rouse said crews worked until about 6 a.m. the next morning. The last areas to have their power turned back on were areas around Wirth and Franklin.

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