Fort Smith Hit By EF1 Tornado

UPDATE: An EF1 tornado hit Fort Smith Saturday (May 18) according to the National Weather Service.

Fort Smith public schools will be closed Monday (May 20) due to power outages and other issues caused by the tornado.

Stay with 5NEWS for more updates.

FORT SMITH, Ark.—Around a dozen homes were damaged by a possible tornado in Fort Smith according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Melody Daniel of the Department of Emergency Management said that ten to twelve homes were damaged in the Phoenix Avenue area.

The Sebastian County Red Cross estimates between 24 and 30 homes totaled.

Videos from Fort Smith show the tornado touching down as cars drive up and ease to a stop.

The Mercy Clinic on Phoenix lost portions of its roof.

One of the buildings at the Sykes Call Center lost a roof, which damaged some employees' vehicles. A gas leak was also found inside the building.

One woman, Ruth Bartlett, had three large trees fall onto her home. More images can be seen in the gallery below.

Courtesy of Fort Smith Police Department.

Fort Smith Fire Chief Phil Christiansen said there was widespread damage across the south side of the city. All eleven fire stations were out helping and called in extra help.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Sebastian County Red Cross at (479)-783-3932.

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