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US Arkansas Tornado: Tornado devastation in Arkansas and Illinois of America, 7 people died, 90 thousand homes lost power

Little Rock: At least seven people have died and many others have been injured in the US state of Arkansas and Illinois, where at least seven people have been killed and many others injured by tornadoes caused by dangerous storms on Friday. Several homes and shopping centers were flattened in the path of these high-speed tornadoes in Arkansas, and a theater roof collapsed during a ‘Heavy Metals’ concert in Illinois. Tornadoes have also caused havoc in rural areas of Indiana. Jim Pirtle, director of emergency management, told The Associated Press via email Saturday morning that three people have died in Sullivan County, Indiana, as a result of the storm.

Many houses have been destroyed and some people are still missing. He told that Sullivan is about 152 kilometers southwest of Indianapolis. Authorities said at least one person was killed in Little Rock and more than 24 were injured, some in critical condition. The tornado also caused significant damage in Wayne, Arkansas. Authorities said two people were killed in Vine, while several houses collapsed and people were buried under the debris.

The roof of the theater fell due to the tornado

One person was killed and 28 were injured after a tornado ripped through a theater in Belvidere, Illinois, Friday night, authorities said. The Belvidere Police Department said the heavy storm caused the roof to collapse and calls for help began pouring in from the theater at 7:48 p.m. local time. The department said that according to the initial assessment, this damage was caused by the tornado. He told that the roof of the Apollo Theater, located about 113 kilometers from Chicago, fell during heavy metal music and 260 people were present at the time of the incident.

Devastation after the tornado.


Belvidere Police Chief Shane Woody said there was “pandemonium on the ground” after the roof collapsed. A widespread storm system across the south and midwest of the country also reported tornadoes in Iowa, while hail struck Illinois and grass fires intensified in Oklahoma. Officials in Pulaski County, Arkansas, confirmed the death from the tornado in North Little Rock but did not immediately provide further details. Baptist Health Medical Center said 21 people injured by the tornado were being treated at their facility, five of whom are in serious condition.

The city’s mayor, Frank Scott Jr., announced that he had asked for help from the National Guard. Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders has confirmed that the state has experienced widespread tornado damage in Memphis, Tennessee, and Wayne, Arkansas. Tornadoes have also struck eastern Iowa. A tornado passed west of Iowa City.

90 thousand houses got light

About 90,000 homes have lost power in the state of Arkansas. Strong winds have fueled grass fires in Oklahoma and people northeast of Oklahoma City have been asked to evacuate. In Roanoke, northeast of Peoria, several homes were damaged and some 109,000 homes were without power, said Ben Wegner, chief radar operator for the Woodford County Emergency Management Agency in Illinois. There are also reports of damage in Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Indiana and Texas. Due to the tornadoes and storms, flights at the Chicago airport are delayed by an average of two hours.

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