Tornados could hit areas of Arkansas during virus outbreak

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Stephanie Fatheree, right, salvages items from her house damaged from the tornado the previous night with help from a neighbor on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Harrisburg, Ark. Fatheree said she took shelter with her mother, Angie, in the bathroom during the tornado. Severe storms with high winds, hail and possible tornadoes have caused damage to dozens of homes and businesses in parts of Indiana and Arkansas. (Quentin Winstine/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — Areas across the South including Arkansas are preparing for extreme weather on Easter Sunday even as the extremely contagious coronavirus is spreading. 

Tornadoes and heavy hail could cause damage, especially in the southwestern part of the Arkansas. Coronavirus is complicating tornado preparedness, especially for people who must seek shelter with others.

The only way to slow the spread of the new coronavirus is to self-isolate. The only way to stay safe in a tornado is to shelter in a strong building, often a public one. 

In Arkansas, over 1,200 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19. The Arkansas Department of Health has recorded 24 deaths linked to the virus. 

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