Mayflower, AR, USA
28 Apr -
30 May 2014
Sixteen people died after a twister formed in western Pulaski County, crossed the Arkansas River at Mayflower and rolled into Vilonia. Mayflower was still recovering from the 2013 oil spill when the tornado hit April 27, and Vilonia had been hit by a killer storm in 2011.
Storm surveys conducted after the storm concluded the twister was just shy of being rated as a top-of-the-scale EF-5.
The death toll was the highest for an Arkansas twister since 1997, when 25 people died in a series of storms that hit between Arkadelphia and the Missouri Bootheel. It was also the nation’s deadliest tornado in 2014.
Team Rubicon launched Operation: Rising Eagle to provide expedient home repair and debris removal to those affected by the tornadoes.