June 21, 2007
Photos by Kaia Larsen
A tornado with 100 mph winds rattled through the area northwest of Van Buren at around noon Wednesday, displacing about 20 families and leaving damaged homes, broken windows, downed trees and power lines and a handful of grateful-but-nervous residents in its wake.A spokesman with the National Weather Service said preliminary analysis indicates the storm was a category EF-1, resulting in winds of about 100 mph. The NWS spokesman said the tornado cut a swath about 300 yards wide as it rolled across the hills just off Arkansas 59 North. He had no immediate information on its length. The storm was on the ground for about a minute, according to the NWS.