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PostSubject: Severe Weather Kills Family of 3 in Arkansas.   Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:38 am

A family of three was killed in Arkansas and the Tennessee Secretary of State was forced to close some polling places in the western part of the state after several destructive tornadoes tracked through the area Tuesday evening.

The family of two adults and one child was killed in Pope County, Arkansas, where five people were also transported to local hospitals, Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson told CNN.

Gibson said there was widespread damage across the county, and the storm overturned trucks and vehicles along I-40, which was closed briefly by the storm but is now back open.

Emergency management officials in Jackson, Tennessee, told CNN that some of the 86 people in the area are "walking wounded" but the extent of the injuries is unclear. Some were injured at Jackson State Community College while others were at a retirement home.

The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis is reporting that one person was killed and damage reached from DeSoto through Shelby and Tipton counties.

A few precincts were closed closed early after "local authorities told us to relocate our workers" to safety, said Tennessee Elections Director Brook Thompson.

Polling places in McNairy, Tipton, Fayette and Dyer counties were closed around 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET), Thompson said.

"I don't think this affected a large number of voters," he said. "I think everyone was trying to get home."

Thompson said there is no plan to reopen the polling places, which were scheduled to close at 7 p.m. CT.

At least one of the tornadoes touched down in northeast Memphis, Tennessee, and forecasters were tracking reports of more tornadoes in southeastern Tennessee at 9 p.m. ET.

One tornado damaged a mall, CNN affiliate WMC-TV reported.

Flights were temporarily suspected at Memphis International Airport, one of the world's largest cargo hubs, The Associated Press reported.

FedEx told CNN that its Memphis super-hub suffered damage that would not affect its daily flights. The company reported damage to a portion of a roof on a firehouse.

As of 8:45 p.m. ET, the severe weather was "not affecting our operations and we haven't received any further reports of damages," said FedEx spokeswoman Sandra Munoz.

Natasha Naragon, spokeswoman for the Arkansas secretary of state, told CNN that polling places closed early in Baxter and Craighead counties, while they "have heard reports of several closing in northern Conway County."

Naragon said that they have not heard any reports of people unable to vote. Polls in Arkansas were scheduled to close at 7:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. ET).

CNN projects that Hillary Clinton won the Arkansas and Tennessee Democratic primaries, while Mike Huckabee captured the GOP primary in Arkansas.

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PostSubject: Re: Severe Weather Kills Family of 3 in Arkansas.   Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:12 am

It is always bad when deaths occur related to severe weather . It reminds me (being election day) of the Nov 5 2002 tornado that came on election day as well ...Fortunately it only had one fatality with it ...A man sitting on his couch when a tree crashed into the house, caved the wall in and pinned him under it. I have often thought the Fed govt ought to build every election polling station out of study material with a shelter ..this of course would require $$$ an want never happen..Rural areas like our where they have portable building set up for that use is chilling to think what would happed should voters get caught in the middle of even a severe thunderstorm let alone a tornado ... Reluctanly one would stand a better chance in their vehicle (in lieu of a ditch to get in) than in the buiding itself ...

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