Tornadic storms kill 17 in South (4-11-44)

The Pittsburgh Press (April 11, 1944)

Tornadic storms kill 17 in South

By the United Press

Tornadic storms left at least 17 persons dead in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma today as a high-pressure area, attended by general storm conditions, moved eastward. Over 500 families were homeless.

At least 15 persons were known dead in Arkansas, one in Texas and one in Oklahoma, and the list was expected to grow as reports trickled in from areas where communication lines were destroyed. More than 140 were injured.

Tornadoes lashed Arkansas from north to south last night. As the storm center moved eastward, high winds were reported to have disrupted telephone service between Birmingham and Jasper, Alabama. No casualties had been reported in Alabama.

Four persons were killed and 16 injured at a Farm Security Administration project near Woodson, Arkansas, 20 miles south of Little Rock. Nine were killed in Monroe, Pulaski and Boone counties, and two at Pine Bluff.