- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service says three tornadoes touched down when a series of storms produced strong winds, heavy rain and hail in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1kjCcVJ ) that weather service survey teams on Thursday identified small, short-lived twisters in Bee Branch in Lonoke County, a rural area about a mile south of Pocahontas in Randolph County and in Lee County, 6 miles west of Marianna.

The storms entered the state early Wednesday as upper level cold air collided with unseasonably warm, moist air.

Pope County officials say 18-year-old Michaela Remus died when a tree fell through the bedroom in the family’s mobile home north of Atkins. Remus’ 18-month-old sister, who was trapped in the wreckage with her and was injured, was released Thursday from Little Rock’s Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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