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UPDATE: Tornado sweeps west and north of Little Rock

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VILONIA, Ark. (KNOE 8 News) - A tornadic event has struck the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia.
Reports were that the tornado was 1/2 mile wide in Mayflower, and then moved northeast into Vilonia.  That funnel cloud was reported to be 3/4 mile wide.
CBS News is reporting that the tornado moved on the ground for 30 miles.   The storm began in Pulaski County.
The Log Cabin Democrat is reporting that as many as 6 people have died because of the storm.
In 2011, Vilonia experienced a tornado that damaged much of the small town of less than 2,000 people. 
The mayor of Vilonia has said that this storm is worse than the 2011 storm and that they were treating this as a mass casualty situation.

ORIGINAL STORY:

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (AP) - A tornado swept through rural areas west and north of Little Rock as part of a severe weather outbreak through the central United States.

Television video showed damaged vehicles along a road north of the city Sunday, while another shot showed trees stripped of their leaves and small limbs along Interstate 40 between the suburban communities of Maumelle and Mayflower.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Forecasters issued tornado emergencies for Maumelle, Morgan, Saltillo and Vilonia after storm spotters confirmed a twister on the ground. Traffic was at a standstill on Interstate 40 between Conway and Little Rock.

The storm formed about 10 miles west of Little Rock and crossed the Arkansas River northwest of the city. Forecasters warned it was still on the ground after traveling 30 miles.

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