3 Dead in Ark. Tornado

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2009 1:49 PM CDT
The destroyed Masonic Lodge in Mena, Ark.   (AP Photo)
camera-icon View 5 more images

(Newser) – A tornado that swept through the mountain community of Mena, Ark., killed three people and injured at least 30 others, authorities said today after a house-to-house search. The twister descended quickly on Mena shortly after 8 last night after a series of siren blasts warned residents of tornadoes in the area. "It just looks like a war zone," said the mayor.

Daylight exposed a community ripped apart. Century-old pecan trees leaned into homes, some with pink insulation strung from their branches. Along some streets, roofs had collapsed into homes. On other streets, roofs were simply gone. One woman was killed by falling debris, another when the roof of a two-story home collapsed. The body of the third person killed was found in her front yard.