Severe weather kills three in Arkansas, two in Tenn., causes damage in the Heartland - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Severe weather kills three in Arkansas, two in Tenn., causes damage in the Heartland

A tornado touched down in Mena, Arkansas. A tornado touched down in Mena, Arkansas.

By Heartland News & AP

(KFVS) - Authorities say three people died and more than 30 were injured after the Thursday night storm cut a path through the western Arkansas city of Mena.

The search and rescue operation in Mena where a tornado touched down has concluded with no further dead or injured being found.

Polk County Sheriff Mike Oglesby told The Associated Press just before noon that searchers had combed the area, and that there were no reports of missing persons.

Oglesby says roadblocks will continue in storm-damaged areas. He says traffic signals are still out.

Officials with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency say a reported tornado has killed two people and injured 30 in the central part of the state.

Agency spokesman Donnie Smith confirmed the deaths Friday in the city about 30 miles southeast of Nashville.

Dispatchers at the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency say the area has been "heavily impacted" after several eyewitness reports of a tornado on the ground at about midday.

A line of storms killed three people a day earlier in western Arkansas and then crept into the South.

Elsewhere, a tornado touched down in southwestern Kentucky, injuring two people and destroying a mobile home.

Some residents and county leaders in the Heartland are assessing damage and picking up the pieces after severe weather Thursday night. 

High winds ripped the roof off the Spring Bayou Baptist Church in McCracken County.

In Paducah, wind blew some sheds off the Lowe's parking lot all the way across New Holt Road.  There were some power issues as winds downed power lines there, too.

In southeast Missouri, strong winds demolished a car wash and brought down a service station canopy in Charleston.

Strong storms caused this severe damage in Miller City in Alexander County.  A viewer tells Heartland News his brand new, recently built shop is now gone.  Wind broke windows out of his house.  A camper that used to sit parked in his driveway is now out in a field.  His irrigation rig was turned over and destroyed.

So far, no confirmed reports of tornadoes in that area.

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