Vilonia, Ark., took a beating Sunday night when a deadly tornado swept through the small town, killing at least six people and virtually obliterating the entire community.
The twister, part of the pack of powerful storms that blew through Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa over the weekend, hit Vilonia and Mayflower, Ark., the hardest, according to Today.com.
In all, 17 people perished in the tornadoes, The Associated Press reported
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The storm marked the second time in three years that Vilonia has been devastated by a tornado. Three people died when one hit the town in 2011, Today.com noted.
"[The damage is] widespread," Vilonia police chief Brad McNew told Savannah Guthrie on "Today" Monday. "Houses completely down to the foundations. A lot worse than it was three years ago."
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