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A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck Arkansas In 1997… And No One Saw It Coming

Arkansas happens to be in tornado alley, and we’re accustomed to tornado sirens in the spring. What happened in March of 1997, however, was exceptionally horrible for the breadth of damage, the number of counties impacted and the horrific loss of life that occurred.

Check out this news coverage of the storm system and resulting damage. Near the beginning of the video, you can see neighbors helping each other despite the devastation around them:

What do you think of this storm? Do you remember when it happened?

J.B. Weisenfels
J.B. Weisenfels has lived in rural Arkansas for three decades. She is a writer, a mom, and a graduate student. She is also an avid collector of tacky fish whatnots, slightly chipped teapots, and other old things. In her spare time she enjoys driving to the nearest creek to sit a while. If you were to visit her, she'd try to feed you cornbread.