Vilonia and Mayflower Arkansas were among the hardest hit communities. NBC News reported at least 10 people were killed in those communities and dozens of homes destroyed. Video of the tornado that hit Vilonia and Mayflower, which grew in size to half-a-mile wide, is attached to this post.
"It's been a truly awful night for many families, neighborhoods and communities, but Arkansans always step up to help each other recover," Gov. Mike Beebe said via Twitter.
One person was reported killed in Quapaw, Oklahoma and another death was reported in Iowa.
Relief efforts already are underway. The Salvation Army is accepting donations as part of disaster relief:
- Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
- You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*