Violent storms tear through Vilonia, Arkansas three years after a tornado devastated the Little Rock suburb
Monday, April 28, 2014, 8:57 AM -
A tornado touched down Sunday in Vilonia, Arkansas causing widespread damage to areas hit by a twister three years ago.
Officials say the violent storms killed at least 16 people in Arkansas alone.
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This is video of the 2011 tornado that killed four people.
Vilonia's mayor says there are downed trees and power lines and there are numerous reports of injuries.
"A lot of people right now that we have not been able to locate - we don't know if they're safe or not," said Air Evac Lifeteam flight nurse Amber Neumeier on Sunday. "Incident command here is doing an excellent job - currently they're dispatching fire and police out to go to these scenes. Make sure they're safe. We're going to experience a lot of gas leaks, a lot of power lines down. We do have power out for most of the city right now, but you can never be too safe. We don't know when one of those lines is going to be active."
Emergency officials continued to pick through the rubble to look for survivors as the sun rose Monday morning.
A string of tornadoes hit several states on Sunday.
One witness says everything quickly turned pitch black and then "all hell broke loose.''
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The storms were part of a major weather system that continues to push east.
Forecasters are warning of more severe storms on Monday.