Tornadoes & Thunderstorms Tear Across Local Areas, Cause Massive Damage & Power Outages


Tornadoes and thunderstorms caused extensive damage and massive numbers of power outages across Northwest Arkansas, the River Valley and Eastern Oklahoma.

A radar-confirmed tornado touched down in Sequoyah and Adair counties, and a possible tornado moved through the Van Buren area late Friday night.

Trees and power lines were toppled across Western Sequoyah County, continuing into Cherokee County and finally coming to an end in Northern Adair County due to a long-track tornado. Extensive damage has also been reported in parts of Van Buren, north of Interstate 40.

The power outages are in the tens of thousands, according to the website

As of midnight, Washington County had 15,147 outages, Crawford County had  5,179 outages, Sebastian County had 12,735 outages, Madison County had 1,364 outages and Benton County had 135 outages.

Several community members from cities such as Elkins and Goshen contacted FOX24 to let us know that their power had been knocked out.

Eastern Oklahoma electric customers also lost power. 

Sequoyah County had 1,250 outages, LeFlore County had 2,419 outages and Adair County had 1,242 outages as of midnight.

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