2 Arkansas Prisons Damaged During Severe Storms

Mar 14, 2016

The Ouachita River Correctional Unit in Malvern, Arkansas
Credit Arkansas Department of Correction

 National Weather Service investigators will assess damage and determine if tornadoes touched down in Arkansas during severe storms that damaged several homes and two state prisons.

Meteorologist Michael Brown says it's believed three to five tornadoes touched down Sunday night. Investigators are being sent to Winfield in Scott County, Mount Ida in Montgomery County and to Grady in Lincoln County.

Brown said Monday that no deaths are reported, but seven or eight homes are damaged near Winfield and docks are damaged at the Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa near Mount Ida.

Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves says a prison at Malvern had windows broken by hail and a prison at Dermott has roof damage from high winds and a prison guard sprained an ankle during the storm.