Deadly storms rolled through the Great Plains and Southern U.S. over the weekend, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.
Violent hail and multiple tornados touched down in parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. The death toll tragically has climbed to 18 this morning.
16 of those deaths occurred in the suburbs of Little Rock, an Arkansas official confirmed. The twister carved an 80-mile path of destruction just north of the state’s capital. One person died in Oklahoma and another in Keokuk County, Iowa.
One tornado that hit Arkansas destroyed a brand new, $14 million school that was set to open this fall. Now, there is nothing left but debris.
Vilonia Schools Superintendent Frank Mitchell explained: