At least three killed by tornadoes in Arkansas

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Posted: May 25, 2011 11:36 AM
At least three killed by tornadoes in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK (Reuters) - At least three people died in Arkansas when tornadoes hit the region late on Tuesday and early Wednesday, officials said.

There were two confirmed deaths in Franklin County and one in Johnson County, said Renee Preslar, deputy public information officer at the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Johnson County Sheriff Jimmy Dorney said there was another death in the county but could not confirm whether it was storm-related. At least 10 were injured in the western Arkansas county, he said.

The National Weather Service reported that a large tornado devastated the town of Denning, in Franklin County, just south of Altus, known for its vineyards and Arkansas wine. Denning has a population of about 200.

(Reporting by Suzi Parker; Writing by Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Jerry Norton)