MAYFLOWER, Ark. (AP) — A state agency reports that 16 deaths have been confirmed from a massive tornado that carved a sporadic 80-mile path through central Arkansas.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management raised the death toll early Monday on its website. It says Sunday night's tornado killed seven people in Faulkner County, five people in Pulaski County and one person in White County.
The tornado was the largest of several spawned by a powerful storm system that has been moving through the central and southern United States. It also formed a tornado that killed a person in Quapaw, Okla., on Sunday before moving northward into Kansas.
Matt DeCample, a spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe, said early Monday that Sunday night's tornado that passed through several suburbs west and north of Little Rock killed five people each in Pulaski and Faulkner counties and one person in White County.
A separate tornado from the same storm system moving through the central and southern United States killed one person in northeastern Oklahoma on Sunday.
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