Southern Storm Damage Widespread
Damage from Wednesday’s (April 27) tornadoes across the South was widespread with more than 200 deaths already reported.
RV parks and campgrounds were among the victims.
A summary of media reports follows. Additional information will be added as it becomes available.
The following areas are temporarily closed:
Several Oklahoma state parks have been affected by high water levels after the recent heavy rainfall, QOTV-TV, Tulsa, reported.
The Oklahoma Parks website recommends campers and other travelers call ahead before visiting.
- Tenkiller State Park: Fisherman’s Point campground including courtesy dock, tent sites and day-use sites. Hickory Flat campground access road, marina parking lot and access road.
- Cherokee Landing State Park: Main entrance closed; alternative entrance near Oklahoma Station convenience store is open. Wildcat Point Area; Lower Road boat ramp and courtesy dock closed.
- Greenleaf State Park: Lower park areas closed.
- Spavinaw State Park: No access to campground. All areas closed and gated.
- Snowdale State Park: No access to campground. All areas closed and gated.
- Cherokee State Park: Riverside and Grand Cherokee Areas: No access to campground. All areas closed and gated.
- Bernice State Park: Camping areas closed.
- Twin Bridges State Park: Lower end boat ramp and fishing dock closed. Lower end parking lot partially open.
The Shadydale Motor Home Park, east of downtown Pell City, Ala., saw several trees down on houses and mobile homes. Neighbors in the area report one woman who lives in a trailer was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning when a tree fell through her home, WBRC-TV, Birmingham, reported.
Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and straight-line winds moved through the Ozark and Ouachita National Forests, forcing evacuation of recreation areas and campgrounds, KTHV-TV, Hot Springs, Ark., reported.
Ouachita National Forest has been reporting that portions of the forest were damaged from some blown-down trees and flooding.
The Ozark-St. Francis National Forest temporarily closed a number of recreational areas because of floodwaters or the high probability for flooding.
in East Tennessee, trees were down at Big Valley Campground, WBIR-TV, Knoxville reported.
Meanwhile, the state of Kentucky is experiencing its second straight week of torrential rains and at least three state park campgrounds are reported closed due to high water. They include Nolin Lake State Resort Park near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky Dam State Resort Park in Gilbertsville and Rough River Dam State Resort Park at Falls of Rough.
The closings come just as the state park system was holding its Camper Appreciation Weekend starting Friday (April 29).