NWS surveys Keiser, Arkansas tornado

Updated: Mar. 4, 2018 at 2:33 PM CST
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The National Weather Service out of Memphis released its preliminary data for the Keiser, Arkansas tornado that injured one person.

The EF-1 rated tornado had estimated wind speeds peak around 90 mph, was around 50 yards wide, and lasted around four miles.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm began at 6:10 p.m. on Feb. 24 and lasted until 6:15 p.m. carving a path of damage for four miles. The tornado damaged numerous buildings in Keiser and along Interstate 55 in Osceola.

Three to four tornadoes struck as the cold front pushed across the region on that February day, and as we progress through the end of winter and into the spring season, now is the time to prepare for severe weather.

Around 1,200 tornadoes strike the United States each year and, according to the website, there are ways you can prepare your family for the event severe weather strikes your region.

One way is to build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Also identify safe rooms in buildings, homes, or businesses. Make sure you have multiple ways to receive watches and warnings. Be alerted to changing weather conditions.

Destruction can be devastating in a tornado, but the WMC Action News 5 First Alert Storm Tracking Team is here to keep your family safe.

Remember to download the WMC First Alert Weather App for your smartphone or tablet to keep the forecast with you no matter where you are.

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