Tornadoes Hit Northern Arizona


A series of early morning tornados outside of Flagstaff Wednesday wrecked havoc, destroying more than a dozen homes, blowing over RVs, derailing train cars and forcing motorists off the highway.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said around 5:24 a.m. Wednesday, a series of tornadoes touched down in the Bellemont area, approximately 15 miles west of Flagstaff.

Emergency officials are still assessing the damages, but at this time, there are no reports of fatalities or major injuries, and no missing persons have been reported.

Multiple homes were damaged, with reports of approximately 10 to 15 homes in Bellemont uninhabitable.

Approximately 30 people have been relocated temporarily and the Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Flagstaff Middle School, 755 N. Bonito Street.

The Camping World RV Park in Bellemont reported that 30 RVs blew over and the debris blew onto I-40, causing a traffic slowdown.

Several semis and passenger vehicles were blown off I-40 and multiple BNSF train cars were derailed because of the force of the tornado.

The Department of Public Safety and Arizona Department of Transportation are monitoring weather and highway conditions. The public should expect temporary closures throughout the day.

In Baderville, a tornado touched down Wednesday morning, but with no reports of structural damage or injuries. A tree fell near a campsite occupied by four people, but no one was injured.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 5 p.m. for, Apache, Coconino, Gila, Navajo and Yavapai counties.

For more information and updates on the emergency, call (888) 679-8393.


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