TULSA – The National Weather Service says that five different tornadoes touched down across the Fort Smith area on Saturday, after damage surveys were conducted over the weekend.
The area went under a tornado warning shortly before 2:00 PM on Saturday, as meteorologists said a tornado was located just to the southwest of Arkoma. According to the survey, that particular storm stayed together, prompting an EF-1 twister to touchdown in the area between Phoenix Avenue and Cliff Drive. Damage to homes, uprooted trees, and snapped power poles were observed as part of that survey.
At the same time, another EF-1 tornado hit two miles northwest of Greenwood near Bell Park, lending the observation of severely damaged homes, numerous trees snapped of uprooted, destroyed outbuildings, and snapped power poles.
At 2:04 PM, an EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Massard Creek near Springhill Park. Uprooted trees and damaged homes were observed by investigators.
At 2:10 PM, an EF-1 tornado hit four miles west of Charleston off of State Highway 22, uprooting trees and damaging homes.
At 2:25 PM, an EF-1 tornado hit west-northwest of Mulberry, uprooting trees and damaging homes.
On the enhanced Fujita scale, an EF-1 tornado is described as having winds between 86 and 110 miles per hour.