A 2-year-old girl was killed when a large tree fell on an RV in Louisiana.

A 2-year-old girl was killed when a large tree fell on an RV in Louisiana.

A 2-year-old girl was killed when a large tree fell on an RV in Louisiana.

A confirmed tornado near Mountainburg, Arkansas, resulted in significant damage and several injuries.

At least 160 buildings were damaged, and four people were injured.

Damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes, including some strong tornadoes, can be expected through Sunday

A 2-year-old girl was killed when a large tree fell on an RV in Louisiana.

A 2-year-old girl was killed Friday at a mobile home park in Haughton, Lousiaina, when a tree fell on the RV where she was sleeping, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office. Four adults and a 15-month old were also in the RV but were not injured.

On Saturday, the Storm Predictions Center said the storms spawned at least nine reports of tornadoes Friday into Saturday morning in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.

A confirmed tornado resulted in several injuries and caused significant damage Friday afternoon near Mountainburg in northwest Arkansas, according to the National Weather Service.

An estimated 160 buildings were damaged and numerous trees were downed, emergency crews reported during a press conference Friday evening.

Crawford County Emergency Management Director Brad Thomas said emergency crews responded to three residential entrapments. Three people were rescued and transported to an area hospital, including one who was reportedly unresponsive.

A man injured when the tornado destroyed his home drove himself to the hospital with injuries to his arms and legs, Thomas said.

Meanwhile, a pregnant woman at a storm shelter was transported to an area hospital over fears she may have gone into labor.

“We’re just glad there were no fatalities,” said Mountainburg Police Chief Vincent Clamser, who noted that the most pressing concern was to restore electricity to the more than 3,000 Crawford County customers who lost power during the storm. As of Saturday morning, nearly 10,000 customers remained without power in Arkansas, including about 1,500 in Crawford County, according to poweroutage.us.

The agency continues with search and rescue and asks that people stay away from areas affected by the storm.

A 2-year-old girl was killed when a large tree fell on an RV in Louisiana.

In Mountain Hope, Arkansas, a nursing home adjacent to a hospital was reportedly damaged by a possible tornado. No injuries were reported but the damage was severe enough to force the evacuation of the patients and staff. Trees and power lines were downed throughout the city, and there were reports of large pieces of sheet metal in trees.

Students were evacuated from an all-female dormitory at the University of Central Arkansas, in Conway, after the roof of the building was damaged. No injuries were reported.

A possible tornado in Jefferson, Iowa, reportedly damaged several buildings, flipped a camper and downed trees and power lines and in Scranton, Iowa, wind-driven hail broke windows, the National Weather Service reports.

Damage was reported north of Norwood, in Wright County Missouri, from a possible tornado. One report said a home was destroyed.

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The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a “particularly dangerous situation” watch Friday for Arkansas, which indicates an enhanced risk of very severe and life-threatening weather.

Severe thunderstorms will likely continue in the South Saturday, possibly as a squall line, says weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce.

“The greatest probability of severe weather appears to be in southeastern Louisiana, southern and eastern Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, but at least scattered severe storms are possible as far north as the Ohio Valley,” Dolce said.

The threat of severe weather prompted organizers to cancel all of Saturday’s events at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. The festival will reopen for its final day Sunday.

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