At least 18 dead from tornadoes in the United States in recent hours

In northern Illinois, the tornadoes left a scene of “absolute chaos,” in the words of Belvidere Police Chief Shane Woody, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Specifically, the tornadoes caused the roof of a theater where 260 people were attending a heavy metal concert to partially collapse, killing at least one person and injuring 28, five of whom are in serious condition, according to the Belvidere Fire Department.

In Sullivan, Indiana, strong winds and torrential rain have made some areas “unrecognizable,” the city’s mayor, Clint Lamb, said at a news conference this Saturday, assuring that the recovery process “will take a very long time.”

“Frankly, I’m surprised more damage wasn’t done,” Lamb acknowledged, explaining that fortunately for his city, the tornadoes moved south and didn’t cross the city.

Aside from the human and infrastructure damage, the tornadoes left some 60,000 homes without electricity in Tennessee and 37,000 in Arkansas, two of the hardest-hit states, according to data from the website, which monitors this service.

Tornadoes were reported Friday night in seven states: Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Iowa and Mississippi, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The storm is expected to move east on Saturday, so strong wind warnings have been issued in Alabama and Georgia.

Tornadoes have hit the Midwest and South of the country just hours after Biden visited the town of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, on Friday, which was devastated last week when a series of strong tornadoes hit the region, killing 26.

Source: El heraldo