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Storm leaves behind damage in Clay County

Damage at the Corning Airport (Source: Laura Brown) Damage at the Corning Airport (Source: Laura Brown)

CORNING, AR (KAIT) - Severe weather moved through Region 8 Saturday afternoon, forming several tornadoes, funnel clouds and leaving behind damage in a few areas.

According to the National Weather Service, there was a possible tornado that briefly touched down in Clay County around 4:15 p.m., destroying the Corning Municipal Airport. The NWS reports five buildings, two hangars and a shed were damaged during that storm. At least four airplanes were also damaged. Nearby homes suffered moderate damage as a result of the storm.

Cindy Curtis was sitting on the porch of her mother's home, which is located across the street from the airport, when the tornado touched down.

"About the time that we caught the wind getting stronger I said, 'I think something's brewing up' and the windows just went to busting and we ran in the house and within just a minute's time it was over, and when we come out the airport was gone and the carport's all torn to pieces and the house has shifted," she said.

Curtis said she called her husband Danny, Corning Fire Chief, at exactly 4:11 p.m. to let him know what was happening.

"There's no injuries anywhere out here at this time that we're aware of. There's some structure damage to a few of the houses out here," he said.

Another tornado, confirmed by the NWS, touched down in Dunklin County shortly after 6 p.m.. Storm chasers and trained weather spotters reported a tornado on the ground with a debris field. A large farm shop was damaged during that tornado. There was farm equipment inside that was destroyed. 

That tornado was later spotted Southwest of Hayti, Missouri but no damage was reported with it.

Another brief tornado was confirmed on Highway CC South of Kennett, Missouri at 6:20pm.

What appears to be strong winds damaged the Farmer's Coop and Family Dollar in Harrisburg.

No one has been reported injured in any of the storms that hit Region 8 Saturday evening.

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