Jonesboro Tornado 2020 Coverage

Here's the latest stories and resources on the 2020 Jonesboro tornado that occured on March 28.

UPDATE:  Citywide curfew is no longer active.

If you need shelter or want to donate, please call the Red Cross at 870-932-3212.

Red Cross Jonesboro Area Tornado Assistance Line (thru April 3rd): 417-447-7180 (M-F 10 A.M.- 6 P.M. | Sat. 10 A.M.-4 P.M)

City of Jonesboro Hotline for assistance: 870-935-5562 | Serious emergencies call 911

Watch the latest press conference below:

Tornado damage in a neighborhood in Jonesboro.
Mark Smith / KASU

Residents with remaining tornado debris on their lawns can move it curbside, and City Streets trucks will make another pass at the end of the month to remove it, Streets Supervisor Steve Tippett and Code Enforcement Director Mike Tyner announced Monday.

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas

Jonesboro, April 13, 2020:  The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas announced today that a $15,000 contribution it received from AT&T will support tornado recovery efforts. 

In order to help those affected by recent tornadoes, AT&T gave this support to the Food Bank to help with their disaster response.  The storm damaged multiple homes and businesses in the area and this contribution will be put to work helping hungry neighbors who were victims of the storms. 

City of Jonesboro

Jonesboro City Parks and Recreation Department is shuttering exercise equipment, picnic tables and restrooms as a next-step measure in the effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Craighead County.

Mayor Harold Perrin made the decision after discussions with Chief of Staff Mike Downing and Parks Director Danny Kapales.

“This is where Danny and his staff are seeing people gather, and there’s no way we can keep those places sanitized enough to prevent spread of this highly infectious disease,” Perrin said Wednesday.

Talk Business and Politics

JONESBORO, AR, The American Red Cross of Northeast Arkansas continues to help individuals affected by the March 28 tornado damage. Residents whose homes sustained major damage, whether rented or owned, who have not yet contacted the Red Cross are encouraged to call the Disaster Assistance Hotline at 417-447-7180, which has been extended to stay open longer. 

 

Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Students, faculty and alumni from the College of Nursing and Health Professions  (CNHP) Emergency Medical Services Program at Arkansas State University are on the front line fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as well as helping victims of the tornado that struck the city of Jonesboro, Saturday, March 28.

City of Jonesboro

UPDATED Wednesday 4:00pm

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The American Red Cross of Northeast Arkansas continues to help individuals affected by last weekend’s tornado damage. Residents whose homes sustained major damage and who have not yet contacted the Red Cross are encouraged to call the Disaster Assistance Hotline at 417-447-7180

City of Jonesboro

As workers joined City of Jonesboro employees Wednesday in continuing recovery and cleanup effortsfrom Saturday’s EF3 tornado, Mayor Harold Perrin reminded residents of the city’s initial emergency: the imminent danger presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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For KASU News, I’m Johnathan Reaves.  Crews with City Water and Light and Craighead Electric Cooperative have been working around the clock to get power back to those who could take it…that as a result of Saturday’s EF3 tornado that ripped through parts of Jonesboro.  Special Projects Manager Kevan Inboden tells about some of the damage that was caused.

Tornado damage in a neighborhood in Jonesboro.
Mark Smith / KASU

JONESBORO, AR — The American Red Cross of Northeast Arkansas has set up a Jonesboro Area Tornado Assistance Line to assist residents affected by the weekend tornados. Starting Tuesday, March 31 at 10 a.m., residents may call the 417-447-7180.  The phone line will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, April 3rd. It will also be open Saturday, April 4th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Due to the high volume of calls, you may reach voicemail. Please leave a clear and detailed message for a call back.

Talk Business and Politics

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin announced an extension of the nighttime curfew that has been in place since Saturday’s EF-3 tornado struck a long path through the city.

Until further notice, only motorists going to and from work will be allowed on city streets during this period. “Our police force is taxed enough under the current circumstances,” Perrin said. “This will allow law-abiding citizens to be at home and ensure no looting or valdalism is occurring while we clean up our city.”

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This press release comes from NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.

It’s not unusual for tragedy such as the one Jonesboro experienced Saturday night to bring a community together - both literally and figuratively. However, in the midst of a global health crisis, local medical officials are warning people to use caution when gathering to conduct relief efforts. 

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JONESBORO – Northeast Arkansas is now in the clean-up phase after a tornado devasated the area. While many Arkansans may want to help their neighbors clean up and rebuild, con artists will seize the opportunity to take advantage of this vulnerable moment.

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The following is from the Jonesboro Police Department's Facebook Page:

UPDATED 2:58 pm (3/31/20)
Find an important list of updated information below:

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JONESBORO, AR  The American Red Cross of Northeast Arkansas has set up a Jonesboro Area Tornado Assistance Lineto assist residents affected by the weekend tornados. Starting Tuesday, 

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Here’s the latest update on the dual emergencies taking place in Jonesboro at the moment:

Streets Department crews are working fast to remove tornado debris from ditches around the city in anticipation of afternoon rains. Streets Supervisor Steve Tippitt said his department is aware of a forecast of 2 to 3 inches of rain. “If we don’t get the ditches cleaned enough, we very likely will see some flooding,” Tippitt said.

Governor Asa Hutchinson at the Red Wolf Convention Center in Jonesboro, responding to the Jonesboro tornado.
KLEK-LP 102.5 FM

Governor Asa Hutchinson is in Jonesboro to survey the damaged caused by yesterday's (Saturday) tornado which has more than 20 people.

You can watch the press conference below.

Video courtesy of KLEK-LP 102.5 FM, content partners of KASU.

Press conference on Facebook Live of the Jonesboro tornado
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Watch the press conference about the Jonesboro tornado.

City of Jonesboro

Here are the latest facts related to Saturday’s tornado, which spanned at least five miles through Jonesboro from I-555 near Brown’s Lane to Bush Agriculture Resources north of Farville Curve:

Tornado damage in a neighborhood in Jonesboro.
Mark Smith / KASU

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: