President Biden declares major disaster in Arkansas due to the tornadoes

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Heavy damage is seen in downtown Mayfield, Kentucky, after a tornado swept through the area. Radar data indicates that a single tornado may have tracked more than 250 miles from Arkansas into Kentucky. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in Arkansas, allowing residents in five northeastern counties to apply for FEMA.  

The declaration opens grants for temporary housing, home repairs, and other assistance to people affected by the tornadoes and severe storms that left dozens dead across multiple states on Dec. 10 and 11. 

The designated counties are: 

  • Craighead 
  • Jackson 
  • Mississippi 
  • Poinsett 
  • Woodruff 

If eligible you can click here to apply

The National Weather Service recorded at least 41 tornadoes, with 16 in Tennessee and eight in Kentucky. 

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