Arkansas doctor whose photo of him greeting his son went viral has his home destroyed by tornado

The Arkansas doctor whose touching photo of him greeting his one-year-old son at a window went viral amid the coronavirus pandemic has now had his home destroyed in a tornado. 

A picture of Dr. Jared Burks meeting with little Zeke behind glass was shared more than 50,000 times after being posted to Facebook by the medic’s wife Alyssa last week.

She said Dr Burks had been away from his family for two weeks as he worked in a hospital and was seeing his son crawl for the first time through the door when the image was taken. 

On Sunday Alyssa told her friends the family home, where her husband had been staying, was destroyed in a tornado which ripped through Jonesboro Saturday. 

Alyssa wrote: ‘We are all safe. Our house is gone. Jared was inside, but he survived by the grace of God. Zeke and I were at my mom’s house. Please pray for us as we begin to pick up the pieces.’

A GoFundMe for the young family has since raised more than $30,000 as of Sunday morning. It states: ‘They are going to need help picking up the pieces so that they can find another place to live, collect their items, rebuild, all while Jared is working and fighting for those who health may be compromised.’

A picture of Dr. Jared Burks meeting with little Zeke behind glass was shared more than 50,000 times after being posted to Facebook by the medic's wife Alyssa last week

A picture of Dr. Jared Burks meeting with little Zeke behind glass was shared more than 50,000 times after being posted to Facebook by the medic's wife Alyssa last week

A picture of Dr. Jared Burks meeting with little Zeke behind glass was shared more than 50,000 times after being posted to Facebook by the medic’s wife Alyssa last week

The family home, where her husband had been staying, was destroyed in a tornado, pictured, which ripped through Jonesboro on Saturday

The family home, where her husband had been staying, was destroyed in a tornado, pictured, which ripped through Jonesboro on Saturday

The family home, where her husband had been staying, was destroyed in a tornado, pictured, which ripped through Jonesboro on Saturday

Alyssa share the touching image of her son and husband on March 25, writing: ‘Look who we finally got to see today! Not going to pretend that I didn’t bawl like a baby when he left to go back to work. 

‘We miss him, but we are doing what we have to do. Count your blessings. That’s what’s getting us through this!’  

She told ABC7: ‘He is working right now in a rotation that has him all over the hospital, including the ER, and he just felt like it would be responsible for us to quarantine from each other. 

‘As soon as he saw his dad he just raced to the door. He got up on the glass because I think he wanted him to hold him, so it was sad, it was cute, but it was really heartbreaking because it’s hard.’ 

The tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas on Saturday, leaving six people hurt after hitting commercial and residential areas in the college town of Jonesboro. 

The six people reported injured were taken to a local hospital with minor juries, Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley said. The tornado did major damage at the Mall at Turtle Creek and Jonesboro Municipal Airport.

Alyssa said Dr Burks had been away from his family for two weeks and was seeing his son crawl for the first time through the door when the image was taken. The family is pictured together

Alyssa said Dr Burks had been away from his family for two weeks and was seeing his son crawl for the first time through the door when the image was taken. The family is pictured together

Alyssa said Dr Burks had been away from his family for two weeks and was seeing his son crawl for the first time through the door when the image was taken. The family is pictured together 

Like much of the rest of the world, Jonesboro is working to fight the spread of COVID-19. Because of that, most stores in the Mall at Turtle Creek were closed Saturday to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Severe weather could have been much worse if not for that, Presley said.

‘At 5 o’clock on a Saturday afternoon that place would’ve been packed, and at this point there was hardly anyone in there,’ Presley said. ‘It’s a blessing in disguise.’

Power was out in sections of the city, which affects the city’s traffic lights. Wreckage tossed about by the twister also blocked roads. They mayor issued a 7 p.m. curfew, and authorities asked people not to drive around.

The storm also derailed a train, Presley said. Crews were examining damage and trying to determine whether there it had been hauling anything hazardous.

The National Weather Service tweeted a video from the Arkansas Department of Transportation that showed a large tornado dropping from storm clouds in Jonesboro.

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, who represents much of eastern Arkansas, said on Twitter that a tornado tore through ‘the heart of town’ and asked for prayers for first responders. Crawford said his staff and family were safe.

A group of people help clear debris and salvage items from Pawn Depot after a tornado touched down Saturday in Jonesboro, Arkansas

A group of people help clear debris and salvage items from Pawn Depot after a tornado touched down Saturday in Jonesboro, Arkansas

A group of people help clear debris and salvage items from Pawn Depot after a tornado touched down Saturday in Jonesboro, Arkansas 

A vehicle lies upside down after a tornado Saturday at Jonesboro Municipal Airport

A vehicle lies upside down after a tornado Saturday at Jonesboro Municipal Airport

A vehicle lies upside down after a tornado Saturday at Jonesboro Municipal Airport

Jonesboro is home to Arkansas State University. The university tweeted that campus was not damaged.

Forecasters with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, warned that a severe weather outbreak was possible later Saturday for much of the central U.S.

The National Weather Service reported other possible tornadoes Saturday in Illinois and Iowa.

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