abc
QUICK LINKS:

Powerful Storms, Tornadoes Kill 16 in 3 States

Updated: 04/28/2014 12:27 PM
Created: 04/28/2014 9:54 AM WDIO.com

VILONIA, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas governor's aide Matt DeCample says the state death toll from tornadoes that swept through the Little Rock area has been revised downward to 14 from 16, as two victims were counted twice.

He says he still expects the overall death toll to rise, however. Emergency officials searched for survivors Monday in the debris left by the tornado that carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburban Little Rock.

The tornado that slammed into Vilonia was among a rash of tornadoes and strong storms that rumbled across the Midwest and South. Forecasters warned of more tornadoes, winds and hail in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana.

Another twister killed a person in Quapaw, Okla. One person died in Keokuk County, Iowa after powerful winds swept through.

Obama pledges federal help after deadly tornado

President Barack Obama is sending his deepest condolences to those affected by a deadly tornado that ripped through Arkansas and is directing federal resources to the area.

The White House says Obama is sending Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate to Arkansas to support state and local efforts. Obama also telephoned Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe to offer help.

Speaking at a news conference in the Philippines, Obama praised the heroic efforts of first responders and neighbors and said people hit by the disaster should know that their country is ready to help them "recover and rebuild, as long as it takes."

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Homes and businesses are wrecked in downton Vilonia, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014 after a tornado struck the town late Sunday.
AP Photo/Danny Johnston

Front Page

  • US and Partners Begin Airstrikes in Syria

    The aerial effort against the extremist group Islamic State has been expanded from Iraq into Syria. The Pentagon says the operation involves warplanes from the U.S. and its partners.

  • Ebola Worker with Northland Ties Killed in Guinea

    A pastor and clinic administrator with ties in Duluth was killed in Guinea last week. Moses Mamy was part of an Ebola awareness team traveling from village to village. When they reached Womey last Tuesday, residents attacked and killed Mamy and seven others. Mamy's friends say he will be remembered for "his generous heart."

  • Saint Louis County Board Forum Gets Heated

    There were some tense moments during a candidate forum for the Saint Louis County Board Monday. Two sets of candidates answered some tough questions during the forum set up by the Duluth News Tribune. In District One, Jim Booth is challenging incumbent Frank Jewell. Former state legislator Tom Rukavina and Christina Hujanen are fighting for the District Four seat.

  • Duluth City Council Approves Maximum Tax Levy Increase

    Duluth City councilors voted 5-4 to approve a maximum tax levy increase for 2015, but not without making some changes first. 

  • City Councilor Joins Growing Field Vying for Superior Mayor

    City Councilor Mike Herrick made the official announcement on Monday night. He says his campaign will focus on continuing to grow the city, keeping young people in the city, and making Superior more business-friendly. 

 
Advertisement