The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says one man died when a tree fell on a van, while another man was killed in nearby Jonesboro when a tree fell onto his home. Their names haven’t been released.
Strong winds also blew over a freight train on a Union Pacific line, blocking U.S. Highway 49. Arkansas State Police say no one was injured and no hazardous cargo was involved.
Spokesman Bill Sadler says about a half-dozen tractor-trailers also blew over in the region. No hazardous materials or serious injuries were involved.
The storms damaged numerous homes and businesses and caused widespread power outages.