Devastating Tornadoes Leave A Patch Of Destruction

Large Tornado Sweeps Through Little Rock, Arkansas

A family evacuates their Walnut Ridge neighborhood on March 31, 2023 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Tornados damaged hundreds of homes and buildings Friday afternoon across a large part of Central Arkansas. (Photo by Benjamin Krain/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

At least 22 people are dead after tornadoes slammed the South and Midwest Friday. Seven of the deaths are in McNairy County in southwestern Tennessee -- around 110 miles east of Memphis. Other deaths from the same major storm system were confirmed in Arkansas, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana and Mississippi. Along with downed trees, and power lines, many homes businesses were heavily damaged or destroyed. Crews are working to restore power to some 375-thousand customers following the storms.

The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Little Rock Friday was a "high end EF3." NWS Little Rock noted "damage with winds up to 165 miles per hour have been observed." According to a tweet on its website, the storm survey will take several days to complete. The twister was on the ground for an estimated 20 to 25 miles. The National Weather Service logged more than 50 preliminary tornado reports across seven states last night.

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