Howard County Sheriff Bryan McJunkins said that two people were killed and extensive property damage resulted when a storm moved through the Nashville area late Sunday night.
The victims resided in a trailer park off Sypert Street, where injuries were also reported. The sheriff identified the deceased as Melissa and Michael Mooneyhan. The couple’s one-year-old daughter was spared from the storm and is now in the care of a relative, McJunkins added.
Sheriff McJunkins also said Howard Memorial Hospital treated eight people with injuries – six of those were treated and released while the other two were transferred to another hospital for treatment.
Mayor Billy Ray Jones said the storm also damaged the Nashville City Park with the hardest hit area being the Greenwood Addition, located north of the old hospital campus.
The National Weather Service officials should arrive in the area soon to access the situation.
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management officials have activated the state Emergency Operations Center to monitor and assess severe weather damages across the state, according to organization’s Twitter feed.
Overnight storms, including two possible tornadoes, killed two and injured several others. Flooding has impacted numerous roadways, and local emergency managers have reported several instances of stranded motorists and residents.
The activation is of limited scale, and ADEM staff are monitoring events at this time.
The First Baptist Church Activities building in Nashville is open for anyone who was displaced by the storm.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.