Three dead as twister hits Mena, Arkansas

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A tornado hit western Arkansas city of Mena Thursday night, killing at least three people and seriously damaging more than 100 homes, authorities said.

“It looks like a war zone out here,” said James Reeves of Polk County‘s Department of Emergency Management.

Mena, near the Oklahoma state line, suffered a direct hit that injured at least 22 people and disrupted utility service in the city, CNN reported.

Authorities said the twister uprooted 100-year-old trees and Civil War-era homes that had been restored.

Early Friday, trucks from electric utilities streamed into the city. Their flashing lights illuminated downed trees and buildings whose roofs and sides had been ripped away.

The National Guard has been called to help emergency crews. Authorities plan to go door-to-door Friday to check on residents and conduct cleanup efforts.