The Latest: Injury reported in suspected tornado in Arkansas


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The latest on severe weather in the southern U.S. (all times local):

6:55 a.m.

One injury has been reported after a suspected tornado hit the southeastern Arkansas town of Dermott.

The National Weather Service says heavy damage, including downed trees and power lines, was reported after severe weather swept through the town about 115 miles southeast of Little Rock late Wednesday.

There were no immediate details about the severity of the person’s injury, which was reported to the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi.

Earlier in the day, an American Airlines flight traveling from Dallas to Memphis, Tennessee, was forced to make an emergency landing in Little Rock because of the stormy weather. American Airlines says the plane landed safely, but two flight attendants suffered minor injuries and were taken to a Little Rock hospital.

No passengers were hurt.

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6:30 a.m.

Severe thunderstorms are moving across the lower Mississippi River Valley, bringing hail, damaging winds and the threat of some tornadoes.

The National Weather Service says the heavy rain may produce flash flooding in some areas Thursday.

Forecaster Cynthia Palmer in Shreveport, Louisiana, says strong winds down trees over a highway in Union and Bienville parishes Wednesday night.

Palmer says there was also flash flooding in the same area that closed several roads. She says the rain totaled between 4 to 6 inches.

In Wilkinson County, Mississippi, hail the size of golf balls was reported in two locations, while strong winds damaged trees about 9 miles west of Woodville.

Forecasters are predicting more of the same for Louisiana and Mississippi on Thursday.

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4:55 a.m.

Authorities say at least seven people were injured after severe storms spawned multiple tornado touchdowns in northeastern Oklahoma.

National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Jankowski said a tornado touched down and lifted up numerous times Wednesday night as it swept through the northern Tulsa and Owasso areas.

Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Stan May says about a square mile of a mostly residential area sustained damage. He says one home was destroyed and other residences and businesses sustained roof and structural damage.

Emergency Medical Services Authority, an ambulance service provider, said it transported seven patients to a hospital. Spokeswoman Kelli Bruer said one was in critical condition and several were in serious condition.