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Gustav brings tornado to Guion

Thursday, September 11, 2008

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According to the National Weather Service, a tornado touched down for nine-tenths of a mile near Guion. The tornado was classified as an EF0. Damage could be seen along Highway 58 at the homes of Starling Burk, Richard Brown and Keith Grimes. This metal awning at the home of Starling Burk was ripped away causing roof damage to her home. Photo by Jessica Goff
According to the National Weather Service out of Little Rock, a tornado touched down in Izard County around the Guion-Sage area Sept. 2 at about 5:50 p.m.

"I think what we had was a mini tornado or a huge whirlwind that did damage to three structures going towards Guion on Highway 58," Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.

"The tornado was traveling south southwest between Guion and Sage on Highway 58," John Robinson of the National Weather Service said. "It went 4.5 miles south south-west of Sage to 4.3 miles southwest of Sage, so it was moving to the northwest."

Robinson said the tornado was actually on the ground only nine-tenths of a mile.

The National Weather Service estimated the tornado to be an EF0 according to the amount of damage. EF0 is the smallest a tornado can be in order to call it a tornado.

Robinson said a mobile home had roof damage, a carport was blown up a hill and into a fence, a storm door of a house was blown off and a trampoline was blown away.

"Luckily, there wasn't a lot of damage and no human harm," Lawrence said.

According to Robinson, the last remains of a hurricane Arkansas felt was in 2005. Hurricane Rita produced 15 tornadoes in the state. This time around, Gustav is just a flood-maker. "The biggest amount (of rain) that we know of is 11.5 inches in Bismarck in southern Arkansas," Robinson said.



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