LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Southern states including Arkansas are preparing for the threat of severe weather including a tornadoes on Easter Sunday.
The wind and rain are part of a storm system centered on Mississippi and Alabama and that also includes the northern half of Louisiana.
In Arkansas, there’s a moderate risk of tornadoes and heavy hail in the southeast. The risk is lower in the central and northwestern parts of the state, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service.
Tornados have forced tough choices on where to shelter in place during the coronavirus pandemic. People are trying to self-isolate to prevent spread of the virus, but many need to go to public shelters to stay safe during rough weather.
A tornado ripped through Jonesboro last month and hurt 22 people. City officials said a COVID-19 lockdown there likely saved lives, because the twister hit a mall that likely would have been packed that day, but it was largely closed because of the virus.