Tornado and Damaging Wind Event
Thunderstorm wind damage of 80 to 90 mph was found across south central Drew County, from areas southwest of Monticello to the south side of Monticello, right up to the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Thunderstorm wind damage of 85 to 95 mph was found in the town of Jerome in far southeast Drew County. Numerous trees were downed on homes.

A brief EF-1 tornado was found just south of the town of Jerome. The tornado struck a series of large industrial grain and feed silos and caused substantial damage. One of the silos had its foundation ripped out of the ground and it was bolted into concrete in several places. The roof of another large silo was blown downwind at least a half mile and fell apart into pieces. Electrical poles were snapped and trees were snapped at the trunk or uprooted along this short path.

Jerome Tornado
Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 100 MPH
Path Length /Statute/: 0.81 Miles
Path Width/Maximum/: 150 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start Date: 1/11/20
Start Time: 3:24 a.m.
Start Location: 0.2 S of Jerome
Start Lat/Lon: 33.3949 / -91.4714
End Date: 1/11/20
End Time: 3:26 AM CST
End Location: 0.7 E of Jerome
End Lat/Lon: 33.3980 / -91.4579

Thunderstorm wind damage across Drew County:
Peak Wind E: 95 MPH
Path Length /Statute/: 27 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 5 Miles
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start Date: 1/11/2020
Start Time: 2:53 AM CST
Start Location: 7.5 SW Monticello
End Date: 1/11/2020
End Time: 3:24 AM CST
End Location: Jerome

NOTE: The Information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS Storm Data.
Public Information Statement National Weather Service Little Rock
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 6:17 p.m.

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