Residents across the South and Midwest were packing their bags Saturday after devastating tornadoes and storms ravaged many states, killing at least 11 people, injuring dozens, and destroying homes and businesses.
On Friday, there were at least 40 tornado reports across Arkansas, Iowa, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and Mississippi, weather.com reported. and more 28 million people Under the one-day storm Friday, the National Weather Service said it had declared a level 5 “high risk” outlook for severe weather in some areas.
More than 350,000 families remained without power across the Great Lakes, South and Southeast; according to poweroutage.us
- Alabama: One woman was killed and three others were injured in Madison County, Alabama; according to WAFF-TV.
- Indiana: The intense storm caused three deaths in Sullivan County, Indiana, Emergency Management Director Jim Pirtle said early Saturday. The storm destroyed the houses; the neighborhood was full of ruinsand some residents were missing in Sullivan County, about 95 miles southwest of Indianapolis. Sullivan County deputies have you signed an emergency declaration? on the first day of Saturday
- Mississippi: One person died and four others were injured in North Mississippi County; the authorities said. This comes as President Joe Biden visited the storm-ravaged Mississippi Rolling Fork on Friday, where the March 24 storm killed at least 21 people.
- Tennessee: He overturned five freight cars in Marshall County, Tennessee. just as many houses were destroyed or damage in central Tennessee and two people were rescued from a collapsed house, authorities said.
- Lacinia: Wind gusts up to 54 mph also battered the city of Oklahoma; to blow more fires which were spread to the clearings.
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‘Chaos, absolute chaos’: IL collapsed the roof of the theater during the concert
The roof of a theater collapsed Friday evening in Belvidere, Illinois, about 70 miles from downtown Chicago, during a severe storm, killing one person and injuring 28.
About 260 people were attending a metal concert at the Apollo Theater when the storm hit, said Chief Shawn Schadle of the Belvidere Fire Department.
“Chaos, absolute chaos,” said Belvidere Police Chief Shane Woody in describing the scene.
Concertgoers had to pull people out of the rubble when parts of the roof gave way, Gabrielle Lewellyn said. “I was going inside a moment before it went down,” he told WTVO-TV. “The wind, when I was walking up to the building, it was going from nothing to a thousand in five seconds.”
At least one person was killed and more than two dozen were injured, some critically, after a tornado hit the area, officials said.
Four people also died in northern Arkansas in Wynne, which suffered heavy damage that left people trapped in debris. Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock told KATV that 21 people there were checked for tornado-related injuries, including five in critical condition.
The Little Rock area tornado first barreled through the western part of the city, destroying the shopping center before heading north, leaving widespread damage in its wake.
Niki Scott, a Rock resident, heard glass breaking when she took the lid off the bathroom. When he emerged, he saw that his house was one of the few in his village that did not have a tree in it.
“It’s like everyone says. It got really quiet, then it screamed really loud,” Scott said amid the screeching of chains and a hoarse siren.
A similar pattern to recent storms is expected to set up Tuesday, with even greater heat and humidity, increasing the risk of more severe weather, Victor Gensini, an associate professor at Northern Illinois University, told USA TODAY.
If you wanted to draw the text of the severe weather configuration, “this would certainly have been done,” he said. Between dry conditions to the west and hot, humid conditions to the east, expect to see “a lot of beautiful real estate” at risk Tuesday afternoon and evening.
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The same storm system that wreaked havoc on Friday will make its presence felt in New England and on the South Coast, said Jake Sojda, a meteorologist with the Meteor. AccuWeather.
The greatest threat will be to Taranto and upstate New York and New England, with damaging winds and severe thunderstorms, he said.
In the south, South Carolina and southern Georgia can also expect thunderstorms before the system departs on Sunday.
“It’s not just wind power,” Sojda said. “This is a very strong storm. There could be tornadoes, although Saturday is looking much less severe than Friday.”
He said the day “looked like a relatively quiet day for most of the US.”
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Contributing: The Associated Press