Storms kill 6 in Arkansas, damage homes around Kansas City

Damascus_Storms rolling across Arkansas killed six people, including a teenager while she slept in her bed, officials said Friday.

Storms late Thursday and early Friday also seriously damaged homes and businesses in the Kansas City, Mo., area, and tornadoes were also reported in Oklahoma and Texas, although there were no immediate reports of severe damage.

Police said the 15-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell through a bedroom where she was sleeping at her home in Siloam Springs in north Arkansas. State Department of Emergency Management spokesman Tommy Jackson also confirmed two deaths in Conway County and three deaths in Van Buren County. The agency reported 13 injuries.

The storms damaged property and knocked out power to nearly 6,000 homes and businesses. The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for several counties in central and north Arkansas, while a trained spotter reported a tornado down just after 8:30 a.m. near Damascus. A cold front set off the severe weather throughout the state.

No serious injuries were reported around Kansas City, but about 40,000 lost power at the peak of the storm Thursday. Fire officials say several people were injured, but none seriously. Authorities said Friday the worst damage was in the city's northern and eastern suburbs.

At least two tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma late Thursday, including one near Ralston, though no injuries or significant damage was reported there.

In Canton, Texas, local officials said an apparent tornado Friday ripped down power lines and injured two people in overturned vehicles. Details on their condition were not immediately available.

Jon Gambrell, AP Writer © 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.