Deadly Tornadoes Ravage Multiple US States At Least 26 Killed
Deadly tornadoes ravage multiple US states! At least 26 people have been killed and thousands left without power after a series of tornadoes tore through towns and cities in the South and Midwest of the United States.
The storms caused devastation across several states, including Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. There have been more than 80 reported tornadoes since 31 March, according to the National Weather Service.
The storms, which began on Friday and continued through the weekend, caused significant damage to buildings and infrastructure and left hundreds of thousands of people without power across several states.
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In Memphis, Tennessee, two children, and an adult were found dead on Saturday after the storm's heavy winds knocked trees onto several houses, according to the Memphis Police Department. In Tennessee's McNairy County, officials reported that an additional two people had died, having reported seven deaths earlier on Saturday, according to local media.
The bodies of a couple were also found at a campground in McCormick's Creek State Park in Owen County, Indiana, according to the state's Department of Natural Resources.
In addition to the human toll, the storms caused widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure, with Wynne High School in Arkansas badly damaged and some buildings torn to pieces.
One storm shredded through the Arkansas town of Wynne, badly damaging homes and buildings including Wynne High School, where some buildings were torn to pieces.
Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared a state of emergency in the state of Arkansas on Friday, with the national guard activated to help with recovery efforts.
Ashley Macmillan, a resident of Wynne, described huddling with her family and dogs in the bathroom as a tornado passed overhead. "We could feel the house shaking, we could hear loud noises, dishes rattling.
Deadly tornado outbreak causes catastrophic destruction in multiple states
And then it just got calm," Ms. Macmillan told the AP news agency. Despite a falling tree seriously damaging their home, they were unhurt.
Lisa Worden, a teacher at Wynne High School, praised the decision to send pupils home early before the storm hit. "We got out at 1:30, which was such a God blessing from our superintendent because otherwise kids would have been on busses and teachers would have still been here. And so that would have been even more devastating," she told the Reuters news agency.
A theatre roof also collapsed at a packed heavy metal gig in Belvidere, Illinois state, leading to one death and 28 injuries.
As the storms continue to work their way east, the situation remains volatile, with officials warning that more tornadoes and severe weather could be on the way. Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are currently the worst-affected states, with hundreds of thousands of people without power.
Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared a state of emergency in Arkansas on Friday, with the national guard activated to help with recovery efforts. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and those who have been affected by this severe weather," she said in a statement.
Emergency services have been working around the clock to rescue people and clear debris from roads and buildings. In Ohio, the state's Department of Transportation said it had deployed over 100 plow trucks and salt spreaders to help clear snow and ice from roads.
President Joe Biden has offered his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the storms and has promised to provide federal assistance to help with recovery efforts.
The storms that have ravaged several states over the weekend have caused significant damage and loss of life, and our hearts go out to those who have been affected. We stand ready to provide federal assistance to help with the recovery efforts and to ensure that affected communities have the resources they need to rebuild and recover.- Joe Biden, President of the United States
The extreme weather conditions come as the United States grapples with a range of environmental challenges, including climate change and rising sea levels. Experts warn that extreme weather events are likely to become more frequent and severe in the coming years, posing a significant threat to communities across the country.