The death toll rose to 18 on Saturday after tornadoes and powerful storms began pounding the South and Midwest on Friday, prompting residents to take the plunge as severe weather loomed.
In the Great Lakes, south and southeast, dozens of 350,000 residents were injured. Power went out on Saturday; Many homes and businesses in Little Rock, Arkansas were damaged or destroyed. Dozens of tornadoes were reported across Arkansas, Iowa, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and Mississippi. According to National Weather Service data.
Over 28 million The National Weather Service has issued a rare “high risk” outlook for severe storms in some areas.
Destruction Photo Gallery:Broken houses, ruined streets, overturned cars
- Alabama: A woman was killed and three others injured in Madison County, Alabama. According to WAFF-TV.
- Indiana: Three people have died in severe storms in Sullivan County, Indiana, emergency management official Jim Birdle said early Saturday morning. The storm destroys the house, Destroy an entire city, the Sullivan County seat about 95 miles southwest of Indianapolis, left some residents missing. Sullivan County Commissioners Sign Emergency Declaration Saturday Morning
- Mississippi: One person was killed and four others were injured in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. Officials said. It comes as President Joe Biden on Friday visited Rolling Fork, Mississippi, which was devastated by a March 24 storm that killed at least 21 people.
- Tennessee: A 5-car freight train overturned in Marshall County, Tennessee, destroying dozens of homes. or damage in Middle Tennessee and two people were rescued from a collapsed home, officials said.
- Oklahoma: Wind gusts of up to 54 mph also hit Oklahoma City. Fan many flames This resulted in widespread exodus.
- Iowa: At least 9 potential tornadoes are seen across Iowa. The storm lashed the eastern part of the state with hail and strong winds.
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7 people died in McNairy County, Tennessee
Seven people died in McNairy County in southern Tennessee, said David Lechner, mayor of Adamsville, Tennessee. Lechner said most of the damage was to homes and residential areas, and first responders went door-to-door Saturday to identify everyone.
“The damage and loss our community suffered last night was devastating.” The police department said in a Facebook statement. “My condolences to all those affected by this event, not just in our community but in the region.”
‘Chaos, complete chaos’: Illinois theater roof collapses during concert
One person was killed and 28 others were injured when the roof of a movie theater collapsed during a heavy storm Friday evening in Belvedere, Illinois, about 70 miles northwest of Chicago.
About 260 people were attending a heavy metal concert at the Apollo Theater when the storm hit, said Belvidere Fire Chief Shawn Schadle.
Belvidere Police Chief Shane Woody described the scene as “chaos, complete chaos.”
As security urged concertgoers to evacuate to the basement, many protested. When part of the roof gave way, it moved quickly to pull people out of the rubble.
Hasib Niaz, who attended the concert, said: “I thought I would not go to the cellar, there are still injured people. “We have to evacuate people. Time passes. People can die or they can suffocate.”
At least one person has been killed and more than 24 injured, some seriously, after a tornado hit the Little Rock area. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott said 2,100 homes and businesses were in the path of the tornado, but an estimate of how much damage had yet to be done.
Also in Wynne, northeast Arkansas, four people were killed and those caught in the wreckage were seriously injured. Officials at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock told KATV that 21 people were treated for injuries from the tornado, five of them in critical condition.
“It breaks my heart to see Wynn so destroyed.” said Francis County Coroner Miles J. Kimble, assisting the Cross County Coroner. “It’s heartbreaking to see the schools, the grieving families, the trapped, the first responders at work and their communities.”
The tornado in the Little Rock area initially passed through the west side of the city and caused extensive damage, destroying a shopping center before moving north. Show Image Torn fences, overturned cars, shredded roofs, damaged high schools.
Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed an emergency declaration on Friday.
Maintain a severe weather forecast
Victor Gencini, an associate professor at Northern Illinois University, told USA Today that a pattern similar to the recent storm is expected to emerge on Tuesday, with increased heat and humidity increasing the risk of severe weather.
If you want to draw a textbook bad-weather configuration, “this is definitely about it,” he said. He expects a “huge swath of real estate” to be at risk Tuesday afternoon and evening between drier conditions in the west and hot and humid conditions in the east.
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Meteorologist Jake Sojda said the same storm that wreaked havoc on Friday could hit New England and the Southeast coast. AccuWeather.
The biggest threat will be in Pennsylvania and upstate New York and New England, with damaging winds and severe thunderstorms, he said.
In the Southeast, lower South Carolina and southern Georgia can expect thunderstorms before the systems move into Sunday.
“There is a lot of wind energy,” Chojda said. “This storm is very strong. Saturday looks less likely than Friday, but tornadoes are possible.”
“It looks like a quiet day for most of America,” he said on Sunday.
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Contributions: Tima Amro and Lucas Finton, Memphis Business Appeal; Associated Press