A single thunderstorm is responsible for many of the tornado reports that happened Friday amid a severe weather outbreak in the nation’s heartland.
Radar showed the storm developing southwest of Little Rock, Arkansas, about 4 p.m. Central and moving northeast away from the city.
The first tornado warning for the storm came about 5:45 p.m. Central time as the storm passed between the towns of Searcy and McCrory in central Arkansas.
About an hour later, the first tornado emergency was issued for the storm as it moved toward Jonesboro in northeast Arkansas.
The storm continued on a northeast path through Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky through the night.
Tornado warnings were issued on the storm until 4 a.m. Saturday as the storm moved across Bowling Green, Kentucky.
In total, the tornadic storm covered about 550 miles.