Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin issued a curfew after the city was hit by a tornado ealier this evening (Saturday).
The curfew was instiuted at 7 P.M. to allow first responders into areas that were hit into affected areas. Shelters were opened for people who's homes were hit by the tornado. The shelters are:
- Nettleton Schools
- Fox Meadow
- Journey Church
Both of Jonesboro's two hospitals, St. Bernards and NEA Baptist, have repoted fewer than anticipated injuries, but have additional staff on hand ready to take care of injuries through out the night.
KASU News will keep you updated on any updates as they become available.
Updated 8:27 P.M.
Arkansas State Police says the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Exit (formally Commerce Drive) and the Stadium Blvd. Exit are closed as crews are working to clear power lines. Authorities also say that Arkansas Highways 18 and 49 (Southbound) are also closed off to traffic.
Another shelter open for people affected by the tornado is at University Heights.
Updated 8:49 P.M.
Officials have confirmed to KASU News that there have been 6 injuries reported so far from the tornado and no deaths. City of Jonesboro officials have issued a curfew for the city to give first responders the chance to find people affected by the tornado.
The curfew tonight (Saturday) will last until 7 A.M. Sunday. There will be another curfew in place at 7 P.M. Sunday until 7 A.M. Monday.