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Huge tornado rips through Jonesboro in Arkansas as residents remain in coronavirus lockdown

A TORNADO is ripping through the streets and has left at least three people injured in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The whirlwind cut through the town on Saturday morning and has destroyed several buildings in the process.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin has since issued a citywide curfew for 7pm, according to local reports.

The National Guard will also be helping to secure the area, whilst locals have been told to stay inside.

Jonesboro City Communications Director Bill Campbell told KAIT8 that a lot of damage has been done and people are being taken to the hospital.

ABC reported that three people have been injured,  as walls are falling down and roofs are being ripped away.

An airplane at the Jonesboro Regional Airport was amongst the damage.

Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson said: "I am paying close attention to the report of a tornado hit in Jonesboro. I know there is property damage. Just praying all is safe."

He quickly followed up by announcing a 'special day of prayer' in the state.

"I have declared tomorrow a Special Day of Prayer in Arkansas. It is my hope that we can be unified in prayer thanking God for His love and mercy. We need His wisdom & guidance during this time of emergency."

The city has also provided residents with four shelters to use.

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