Weather Service Confirms Torando Hit Pine Bluff Displacing Residents

May 9, 2019

The National Weather Service has confirmed that the storm that ripped through Pine Bluff on Wednesday evening was an EF-1 tornado.
Credit Bill Wingand / KATV-TV

Forecasters have confirmed a small tornado touched down in central Arkansas, damaging two apartment complexes and injuring four people.

The National Weather Service said a twister with winds between 86 and 110 mph lasted for less than a minute Wednesday evening when it hit Pine Bluff.

Meteorologist Thomas Jones says the tornado was about 100 yards wide and traveled for only about a quarter of a mile, but still managed to damage the brick facing and roof of the apartments. Jones says at least two walls caved in.

The twister also uprooted several trees and snapped utility poles, and left some residents homeless.