No one was seriously injured but dozens of homes and businesses in Fordyce sustained significant damage Sunday evening in what weather officials are investigating as a possible tornado.

No one was seriously injured but dozens of homes and businesses in Fordyce sustained significant damage Sunday evening in what weather officials are investigating as a possible tornado.

“Fordyce seems to be the hardest hit, with 15-20 homes reporting moderate to major damage,” Chris Buonanno, science and operation officer for the National Weather Service office in North Little Rock, said Monday.

A line of storms passed over Southeast Arkansas on Sunday causing high winds and hail before moving on to Tennessee and Alabama, where national media outlets reported two people died and more than 100 were injured.

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In Fordyce, Mayor John MacNichol said the only reported injury was a minor one: a woman scraped her knee as she was trying to climb out of a damaged home.

“We were real lucky,” MacNichol said, “real fortunate.”

Buananno said that weather officials are still reviewing all the data and conducting on-site inspections, but initial reports indicated that a EF2 tornado likely touched down in Fordyce, bringing with it winds up to 135 mph. It will be a few days before a final determination is made.

According to the National Weather Service website, possible tornadoes were also being investigated in Ouachita, Calhoun, Cleveland, Lincoln, Jefferson, Grant and Arkansas counties.

In Jefferson County, Karen Quarles, director of the county Office of Emergency Management, said several grain bins in the Cornerstone area were blown over during the storm Sunday night, and a tree reportedly fell across a house in that same area, causing significant damage. Downed power lines were also reported in the county.

Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb said that crews from the county road department were working Monday in the Reydell-Swan Lake area to remove trees that had blown down across roadways.

“We dodged a bullet again,” Holcomb said. “I thought we were really going to get hit but it (the storm system) jumped right over us. … We’re fortunate that it wasn’t any worse than it was.”

The weather service also had reports of property damage in Kingsland and DeWitt.

Large hail was reported across Southeast Arkansas and eastern Arkansas, Buananno said, with baseball-size hail reported in Brinkley and Griffith Spring.

Commercial readers posted reports through Facebook and Twitter of damage-causing winds in Yorktown in northern Lincoln County; high winds and marble-size hail in southern Jefferson County; and downed trees and power outages near Pinebergen.

Statewide, 1,589 people were still without power at 5:40 p.m. Monday and 158 people were without power in Fordyce, according to the Entergy website.

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