At least 31 tornadoes ripped through the Plains and South on Sunday, leaving at least 18 people dead and forecasters warning that the worst may be yet to come.
Rescuers in Arkansas searched through the rubble overnight in suburban Little Rock where a tornado that was up to half a mile wide touched down just west of the city on Sunday, flattening homes and flipping cars and trucks in its path.
At least 16 people were killed in the state as the twister touched down at dusk and left behind a miles-long path of destruction. Deaths were also reported Oklahoma and Iowa.
The towns of Mayflower and Vilonia in Arkansas’ Faulkner County — which has population of just above 100,000 — were hardest hit, with at least 10 dead and dozens of homes destroyed.
“What I’m seeing is something that I cannot describe in words,” Sheriff Andy Shock told NBC News. “It is utter and sheer devastation.”