Baptist Ranch spared; former ABCHomes worker’s house damaged by EF1 tornado

    April 30, 2019

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    Photo of storm taken by ABCHomes houseparent April 30.

    BERGMAN – The Arkansas Baptist Ranch near Harrison was spared damage during an EF1 tornado that passed through the area Tuesday evening, April 30, while the home of a former Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries (ABCHomes) worker was damaged.

    “All safe at the Arkansas Baptist Ranch. No weather damage,” Stella Prather, communications director at ABCHomes, said in a message Arkansas Baptist News staff. “Thankful for God’s provision and protection.”

    Prather said the house of Jeanie Hunt, former ABCHomes worker, sustained “lots of damage.” Hunt was not injured. 

    Initially, damage to the area was believed to have been a severe storm that passed through the area. On Wednesday, May 1, the National Weather Service in Little Rock said the storm was actually an EF1 tornado that touched down just south of Zinc Road in Bergman in north central. 

    Damage assessment of the tornado is still underway, according to the National Weather Service, with more information being released once the assessment has been completed.

    The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said the storm knocked down trees and possibly damaged numerous houses.

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