A powerful storm system rumbled through the central and southern United States on Sunday, spawning a massive tornado that killed at least four people as it carved through Little Rock's northern suburbs and another that killed a person in Oklahoma.

The Arkansas tornado touched down about 10 miles west of Little Rock around 7 p.m. and moved northeastward for at least 30 miles, the National Weather Service reported. It missed the state capital but passed through or near several of its suburbs, causing widespread damage in Mayflower and Vilonia. Less than two hours before the Arkansas tornado struck, a twister hit the small northeastern Oklahoma community of Quapaw, killing one person and injuring six. - AP