OSCEOLA, Ark. — The National Weather Service says a possible tornado caused extensive damage in parts of Mississippi County, Arkansas on Saturday evening. It was one of several strong storms to roll through that region.
WREG reports that the roof at the Rodeway Inn in Osceola was reportedly ripped off by high winds.
Terry Brown manages the motel and says when the devastation started he was already in the process of trying to move guests into the most secure area of the motel and that’s when these doors behind me flew open and he says he was hit with a drain pipe.
“A gutter just floored me it just knocked me down and I crawled into the room. The whole ordeal lasted 5-10 seconds the building was shaking, it was so scary,” recalls Brown.
Police took Brown to the hospital, and while he is still sore–he is doing okay.
Emergency workers in Clay County, Arkansas tell KAIT that one person died - possibly after a mobile home was blown away.