Fatal Storms Claim Eight Lives in Northern Arkansas, Devastating Multiple Counties

Baxter County, Arkansas – Devastating storms ripped through Northern Arkansas overnight Sunday, leaving at least eight fatalities in their wake, according to state officials and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Marion County Sheriff Gregg Alexander confirmed two deaths from severe weather and noted ongoing efforts to assess the damage caused by the storms. Power outages persist for most Marion County residents, with utility companies working to restore electricity. The Red Cross has established a shelter at the Marion County Fairgrounds.

Meanwhile, a house in Baxter County suffered severe damage, with the back of the home completely torn apart and numerous trees in the front and backyard destroyed. Miraculously, the woman residing in the home emerged unscathed from the wreckage.

Further south in Yellville, Arkansas, resident Eric Foreman expressed shock at the destruction caused by the storms, emphasizing the real impact on people’s lives. In another location east of Snow, a family narrowly escaped harm as their home was ravaged by the severe weather.

Storm chaser Noah Mumau, associated with the National Weather Service, described the devastation as “people’s lives…abruptly removed, ruined.” The identities of those who perished in Marion County have not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.

In Benton County, Judge Barry Moehring confirmed one fatality and numerous injuries resulting from the storms. Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders verified two additional deaths in Benton County, one due to a heart attack during the severe weather and the other attributed to oxygen loss due to a power outage.

The City of Harrison, Arkansas reported a 26-year-old woman’s death in the Olvey area, along with injuries and significant property damage from a possible tornado. In Baxter County, 73-year-old Patricia Anne Sontag tragically lost her life, with seventeen others sustaining injuries, including pediatric patients. Road closures, downed trees, and power outages were also reported in the wake of the destructive storms.