Arkansas Tornado Leaves 3 Dead

'Lots of injuries' reported
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 31, 2010 11:35 AM CST
Arkansas Tornado Leaves 3 Dead
In this photo taken with a cell phone, damage to a barn and a house is shown in Cincinnati, Ark., Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.   (Melissa Gute)

A tornado fueled by an unusually warm winter air sliced through parts of northwestern Arkansas early today, killing at least three people, injuring several others, and knocking out power to thousands. Three people died in Cincinnati, a small town about three miles from the Oklahoma border. A sheriff's dispatcher said the storm touched down near the center of the community. He said "lots of injuries" were reported, and officials in nearby Benton County said the storm injured two people and damaged five homes there. (More Arkansas stories.)

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