Little Rock Air Force Base hit by tornado

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Damaged C-130 Hercules aircraft sit on the flightline April 26, 2011, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., hours after a tornado struck at approximately 8 p.m.

A tornado struck Little Rock Air Force Base Monday, approximately 8 p.m. causing damage to three C-130s and roughly 100 houses.

Emergency crews immediately responded in the aftermath of the tornado and conducted a house-to-house recall of all personnel, according to a 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs news release. Base housing residents were also encouraged to stay indoors due to downed power lines in base housing.

When officials further assessed the damage to the base, a press release said that roughly 100 houses were damaged and on the flightline there were at least three C-130 Hercules aircraft damaged.

“There were at least half a dozen tornadoes, and it appears some of them were strong and long-lived,” the NWS Web site reported.

Little Rock Air Force Base is the home of C-130 combat airlift. The 19th Airlift Wing, the base’s host unit, in concert with the 314th Airlift Wing, 189th Airlift Wing and U.S. Air Force Mobility Weapons School is known as the world’s ‘Center of Excellence’ for tactical airlift.

Currently Little Rock AFB is home to more than 90, C-130 H, C-130 J and E models. Further investigation and work on the base is on-going, officials said.