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NWS: Centerton, Decatur tornadoes confirmed as EF2, EF3

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The National Weather Service confirms that one of the tornadoes that hit Centerton was an EF2 and one of the tornadoes that hit Decatur was an EF3.

NWS has been surveying damage after severe storms made their way through Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas late Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.

A public information statement from NWS in Tulsa was released on Monday detailing the early damage surveys.

NWS says it believes two tornadoes touched down in Decatur and EF3 damage was found northwest of town. It said the tornado likely started in eastern Delaware County in Oklahoma.

Damage west of Centeron was also surveyed. NWS said that based on damage patterns and radar data, two tornadoes likely took place in that area, one producing EF2 damage.

There was extensive straight-line wind damage in Bentonville, Rogers, War Eagle and other areas of Benton County. Tornadoes also occurred at times in those areas.

Based on Sunday's survey, NWS believes the fatality at a mobile home near Beaver Lake was from straight-line wind damage.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock also released a public information statement on Monday detailing damage from the storms in Boone and Marion counties.

An EF3 tornado went through Boone and Marion County. NWS said the tornado started at 3:27 a.m. two miles south of Bellefonte.

The tornado caused minor damage to the Boone County Sheriff`s Department building and an Arkansas State Police Troop Center. The report said BCSD confirmed one fatality inside a mobile home in Olvey, about 12 miles southeast of Harrison.

Three other fatalities were reported in Marion County, according to NWS. The tornado lifted two miles northwest of Summit in Marion County and was on the ground for 34 minutes.

NWS said this tornado was extremely wide at 1,500 yards or 0.85 miles.

NWS said final assessments and results from the damage surveys will be released on Monday evening.

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a press conference on Sunday there have been eight deaths across Arkansas related to the recent severe weather outbreak.

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