On Sunday, three separate tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma and Arkansas causing widespread property damage and 18 deaths.
On Monday morning, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed that at least 16 people died in Little Rock, Ark., where a tornado touched down just 10 miles west of the city and moved northeastward for at least 30 miles. Widespread damage was reported in the communities of Mayflower and Vilonia.
Just two hours before the tornado struck Arkansas, Quapaw, Okla., was hit with a twister that led to two deaths and further injuries. Quapaw is a small city of about 900, but the area was heavily damaged by the tornado.
Shortly thereafter, Baxter Springs, Kansas, was struck by the tornado. Damage and injuries were reported, but no deaths were reported in Kansas. Tornadoes were also reported in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri on Sunday.
The American Red Cross has opened two emergency shelters and is supporting four community shelters for residents displaced by tornadoes in Arkansas.
The financial damage caused by the tornadoes is unknown, however, in Arkansas a new $14 million intermediate school that was set to open in the fall was heavily damaged. The Associated Press has a raw video of damage in the area.
Vehicles on interstate 40 were shredded included cars, trucks and 18-wheelers; about 30 vehicles were on the road when the tornado passed, state trooper checked each vehicle and confirmed that no one was killed in that area. The tornado, estimated to have been a half-mile wide, carved an 80-mile path of destruction turned buildings into rubble and stripped trees of branches and leaves.
The outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes is expected to continue through Tuesday as the storm system pushes through the east. Many areas in the Midwest and parts of South are still under severe weather watches due to threats of damaging winds, large hail and multiple tornadoes.