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At least 8 dead in Sunday storms

By ArkansasOnline

This article was originally published April 27, 2014 at 7:39 p.m. Updated April 27, 2014 at 11:17 p.m.

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A Sunday storm damaged the building pictured off of Arkansas Highway 365 just outside of Mayflower.

April 27 tornado damage

Photo gallery of damage from April 27th's storms across Arkansas.

This building near the Lumber 1 Home Center at 682 Arkansas Highway 365 in Mayflower was damaged during a severe storm on Sunday night. This building...

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This video, courtesy of Brett Maune, shows power flashes seen in the Maumelle area on Sunday night. (By Video courtesy of Brett Maune)
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Officials have confirmed at least eight deaths in Sunday's string of severe weather.

The Faulkner County sheriff's office confirmed that four people died after storms swept through Faulkner County on Sunday.

Emergency vehicles are on the scene, and damage has been reported in Vilonia.

Pulaski County sheriff's office confirmed around 9:30 p.m. that three people are dead in western Pulaski County.

Lt. Carl Minden, spokesman for the Pulaski County sheriff's office, said the area, along Deer Drive, is devastated.

"We have several homes destroyed out here," he said. "We also have some deputies up around Highway 10."

Minden also said deputies are in the Roland area.

Along with previously reported deaths, one person is now reported dead in White County, officials with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed around 10:20 p.m.

Meanwhile, three children were being taken to Conway Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Gov. Mike Beebe's office said he was at the Emergency Operations Center at the Department of Emergency Management's Camp Robinson headquarters receiving updates from Mayflower and Vilonia. His office was coordinating disaster response and cleanup efforts with the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas National Guard and the state Forestry Commission.

National Weather Service officials confirmed storm damage in the state Sunday.

John Robinson, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Little Rock, said damage has been confirmed in the Ferndale and Morgan and Maumelle areas.

"We have had reports of a wide tornado on the ground, the last report we got, it was going across Interstate 40," Robinson said.

The National Weather Service reported that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission headquarters east of Mayflower has been heavily damaged, and houses have been badly damaged south of Mayflower and some destroyed in Saltillo.

A tornado warning is in place until 9:45 p.m. for northern Jackson County and southeast Independence County. At 9 p.m., Doppler radar showed a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado three miles south of Oil Trough, or 13 miles west of Newport. The storm was moving northeast at 40 mph as its pace slowed. Towns in the path of that storm include Newport, Tuckerman, Newark, Jacksonport, Thida, Olyphant, Macks, Elgin and Campbell Station.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 2 a.m. for northeast Arkansas, according to the weather service.

A number of Arkansans were in the dark Sunday night. Entergy Arkansas reported at 9:15 p.m. that 11,669 customers were without power, with more than 8,100 of those in Faulkner County. That was down dramatically from about an hour earlier, when nearly 28,000 customers were reported without electricity.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas reported about 10,000 without power at 9 p.m. in north Pulaski County and north-central Arkansas. Crews were working to restore power, the utility said.

Meanwhile, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Interstate 40 in Faulkner County was closed from the 134 to 138 mile markers at Mayflower because of storm damage, but it had reopened by 9:20 p.m.

Details are still developing at this time. Arkansas Online is continuing to work on this story, and will have more details as soon as they're available.

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