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Former Vilonia resident keeping tabs of family after tornado

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - One of the hardest hit places in Arkansas was the town of Vilonia in Faulkner County.

Dozens of homes and businesses there were destroyed, as the first tornado in three years tore through the town. We spoke with a woman from Vilonia who now lives in West Monroe.

She's been keeping close contact with her aunt and friends who are still there

A.J. Menard said, "I just saw it on Facebook... Everybody was posting that they were taking shelter... So I just looked online and just saw that it was coming at em pretty hard. Every body kept posting that the town was just gone. Main highway, just took out everything. I was scared. I know so many people there. Didn't know if anybody was hurt, and it was horrible. People's houses were gone, and it was just scary. The phone was completely gone, and we couldn't get a hold of anybody there. Everything was completely leveled."

The last tornado to hit in Vilonia in 2011 was an EF-2.

Areas of Vilonia and Mayflower have been declared federal disaster areas.

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