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Weather service confirms 7 tornadoes in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV/AP) -- The National Weather Service is confirming at least seven tornadoes touched down as a severe storm system that killed seven people in Arkansas passed through the state.

The Weather Service's Little Rock office confirms a tornado about 2 a.m. Friday in Little Rock. It was rated on the Enhanced Fujita scale as an EF1 with winds between 86 and 110 mph. That twister killed two people and five others died during the storm.

They also confirm two other EF1 tornadoes in Pulaski County, one in Yell County and one in Saline.

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Two tornadoes confirmed in central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The National Weather Service says at least two tornadoes hit Arkansas this week in devastating storms that killed at least seven people.

One twister went through neighborhoods in west Little Rock. Another touched down about six and a half miles south of Scott.
John Robinson, a warning coordination meteorologist for the weather service, says the danger to residents may have been worse late Thursday and early Friday because the storms hit during the middle of the night.

In several cases, victims were asleep when the storms hit their homes.

Robinson and other officials say there's a greater risk of injuries or death when storms hit in the middle of the night.

On Saturday, work crews and residents continued to clear trees and fix storm damage.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Track outages in your area

Track outages in your area

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- With severe weather sweeping across south Arkansas, power outages are to be expected. As of this writing, more than 2,260 Clark County residents and 5,330 Jefferson County residents are without power.

You can track power outages on Entergy's website. For updates on the severe weather situation, stay with Today's THV and www.todaysthv.com.

Update: Tree pollen triggers seasonal allergies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -   March is definitely roaring in like a lion for allergy sufferers. Recent temperature fluctuations have caused pollen spurs to release ahead of schedule. Most of that pollen originates in south Texas.

Allergy Specialist, Dr. Gene France says winds from the south are driving pollen counts up. He says, "The pollen from south Texas comes with the airflow. So, we've had cedar counts of a thousand count. Which is very high for cedar in Arkansas."

At the Little Rock Allergy and Asthma Clinic, patients are tested to find out exactly what allergen is causing their symptoms. Allergens cause your body to release histamines. For many patients, like David Morse says their only relief is regular allergy shots.

Morse says, "It's hard to do a lot of activities outside, even 30 minutes to an hour, I can start feeling the effects for several days afterwards if I don't have the shots."