by: Chrystal Blair, Ozarks First
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down near Yellville in Marion County Thursday morning.
Large trees were uprooted, power lines were knocked down and homes severely damaged.
“I haven’t seen anything like this in our area, but I’ve seen it in different areas,” said Stan Duffy, OEM for Marion County.
But, it could have been much worse.
“It’s pretty bad, but it’s confined in a little area so.” Duffy said”
Damage was significant.
“There were 3 people that were trapped in their homes,” said Duffy.
A large tree fell on their home. However, those inside were fortunate.
“All of them got out safely,” Duffy said, “One with very minor injuries”
One of those trapped, was most fortunate.
“He had just left his bedroom when the tree had went down in his bedroom,” said Duffy.
People were not the only ones shook up. A dog wandered around aimlessly as he watched clean up crews working near his home where part of the roof was caved in.
Gary Byerley of Harrison, says he had to help his Southern neighbors about 30-minutes away.
“These people they don’t ask for stuff like this.. they need some help. So I come down here to donate my time and do a little clean up.”
For those who are working in this clean up effort or maybe misplaced, relief has been set up at New Hope Baptist Church off of Highway 14.
“They called me to see if I could help set up lunch, for the workers, cause we’ve got people scattered through the area working,” said Lynn Walker a disaster response worker for the Red Cross.
“Anybody that’s out of their residence, I can feed them,” said Walker.
In addition to clean up crews, utility crews have been working around the clock. About 500 customers lost power in the tornado.