- Associated Press - Sunday, April 30, 2017

DEWITT, Ark. (AP) - The Latest on severe weather in Arkansas (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

Arkansas officials say five people in the state are now confirmed dead due to a band of severe weather that moved across the region this weekend.

Whitney Green, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, says one woman in Dewitt was killed Saturday night when a tree fell on her mobile home. There also were two fatalities in Washington County, including one person who was found dead after a water rescue effort.

She says the death of a north-central Arkansas fire chief struck by a vehicle early Sunday while heavy thunderstorms moved through the state is being included in the state’s count of weather-related fatalities.

Green says two children in Madison County remain missing after they were trapped in a vehicle that was swept away by floodwaters.


4 p.m.

An Arkansas volunteer fire department chief was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while working during storms in north-central Arkansas.

Arkansas State Police say Cove Creek/Pearson Fire Chief Doug Decker died early Sunday after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 25 near Quitman, about 40 miles north of Little Rock.

Trooper Liz Chapman said Decker was checking water levels during the storm when he was struck shortly before 4 a.m., but it wasn’t know if he will be included as a storm-related death.

Authorities in northwest Arkansas previously said a 10-year-old girl in died after being swept away by floodwaters in Springdale and a woman in Eureka Springs died after disappearing while riding an inner tube in a creek. And in east-central Arkansas a woman was killed when a tree was blown into her home in DeWitt.


2:45 p.m.

Severe thunderstorms in Arkansas are blamed for three deaths and authorities say two children are missing after the vehicle they were in was swept away by floodwaters.

In northwest Arkansas, police in Springdale say a 10-year-old girl was found dead about midnight Saturday after she climbed a fence in her backyard and was swept away by waters while firefighters in Eureka Springs say the body of a woman who was riding an inner tube in a creek was found Sunday morning after she disappeared Saturday night.

In east-central Arkansas police say 65-year-old Julia Schwede was killed Saturday night when a tree was blown into her home in DeWitt.

In Madison County in northwest Arkansas, the sheriff’s office says an 18-month-old girl and a 4-year-old boy haven’t been found after the vehicle they were in was swept off a bridge near Hindsville.


Severe storms the moved across Arkansas are blamed for at least one death and flooding that’s closed roads in many areas.

Police say 65-year-old Julia Schwede was killed when a tree was blown into her home Saturday night.

Numerous roads were closed across much of northern Arkansas because of flooding as more than three inches of rain fell in some areas.

Also, Entergy Arkansas reported nearly 65,000 power outages Sunday morning and electric cooperatives around the state reported about 14,000 outages.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, reported the storm system was moving eastward out of the state on Sunday, but flood warnings and watches remain in effect for much of the day.

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