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St. Francis County tornado claims a life, wrecks multiple homes

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HUGHES (KATV) -- One person is dead and another remains in the hospital after major damage from an EF-two tornado in St. Francis County.

The tornado that touched down Saturday night near Hughes was on the ground for about 15 miles, with winds averaging around 130 miles per hour. It's also believed that the twister spanned 300 yards in width.

It not only caused severe damage to multiple homes, but it also claimed one life.

"You had a double-wide mobile home here, a very nice set-up homestead here and now it's just a complete bombshell. It's tragic," said first responder Joe Askue of Hughes.

Askue said he was on scene shortly after the 911 call came in, and he immediately began attending to the Lewis family of five, who were suffering from injuries.

The mother Charlene Lewis, a nurse at a nearby hospital, was found inside a car, later dying from injuries suffered during the tornado.

Her husband was found about a quarter of a mile away, he continue to be treated at a Memphis hospital for his injuries as of Monday.

"We only had one fatality and that's a tragedy. Being here at Christmas, it's totally tragic for everyone," Askue added.

One of the few structures we find that remains standing after the high winds and heavy rain swept through the area, was actually picked up and set down several yards away from its foundation.

"This tornado came really quickly, we didn't have much pre-warning of this one. It built quickly and came in," Askue continued.

Now a part of the county that was once lively with multiple homes is eerily quiet amid all the damage.