National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado Hit Franklin County

Ozark, Ark. (KFSM) —  The National Weather Service confirmed on Sunday (Jan.12), an EF-1 tornado hit a portion of Franklin County Friday night.

Crews with the National Weather Service spent much of Sunday surveying the damage.

The area affected by the EF-1 tornado is along Highway 96 at Brazil Trail in the Southern part of Ozark. The trail of destruction crosses over the Oak Bend Road area and ends at South Ozark Estates along Highway 23 South, according to Franklin County Emergency Management.

This tornado damaged a roof of a home, uprooted trees, and blew down power poles.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa said wind speeds from the EF-1 tornado is estimated at 95-105 mph.

This is the second tornado confirmed by the National Weather Service in the River Valley from Friday (Jan.10) night’s storm.

“We had some homes destroyed and a lot of roof damage,” said Logan County Emergency Management Director Tobi Miller.

An EF-2 tornado touched down in parts of rural Logan County. Emergency crews said 14 homes were badly damaged due to the tornado in Logan County.

“Their houses were totally destroyed, they have been going through the rubble and trying to salvage what they can and looking for places to live,” said Miller.

Miller said depending on the damage in Logan County, there may be an opportunity for more resources to help those in need.

“We meet a certain threshold then we can declare a disaster and that opens up additional resources that we may need,” said the Emergency Management Director.

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