Again Tornado, At least 6 dead and dozens injured

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US News, April 1, 2023. Again A ferocious storm system tore through the South and Midwest Friday, whipping up deadly tornadoes in Arkansas and Indiana and collapsing a theater roof during a heavy metal concert in Illinois. At least 6 dead and dozens injured as tornadoes devastate parts of Midwest.

Central Arkansas suffered “significant damage” Friday, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, after meteorologists said a tornado touched down in North Little Rock, pummeling buildings and leaving at least three people dead and dozens injured.

State police also confirmed two people were killed in Indiana and a tornado in Belvidere, Illinois, killed one person and injured 28, five of them severely, the city’s fire chief said.  

Arkansas declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard on Friday afternoon. At a news conference Friday, Huckabee Sanders said 100 guardsmen had been deployed across the state.

“Praying for all those who were and remain in the path of this storm,” she said in a separate Twitter post, adding that the town of Wynne, roughly 100 miles northeast of Little Rock, had also seen widespread damage.

Wynne’s Police Chief Richard Dennis, told that the city of roughly 8,000 suffered “total destruction.”

St. Francis County Coroner Miles Kimble said two people were killed in Wynne. Additional details about their deaths weren’t immediately available.

Further north in Indiana, two people were confirmed dead after a tornado swept through Sullivan County, state police confirmed early Saturday.

There was no indication as to how exactly the two individuals died, Sgt. Matt Ames told NBC News, adding that the names of the deceased had not been released.

Several residences had been destroyed and trees had downed onto power lines, he said. He added that no additional injuries had been reported.

Elsewhere in Illinois, Belvidere Fire Chief Shawn Schadle said approximately 260 people were attending a heavy metal concert at the city’s Apollo Theatre when the roof collapsed during a tornado.

“At the time of the collapse, we initiated a large scale response with numerous agencies,” he said, adding, “There were multiple injuries. There was a fatality.”

He said first responders also rescued someone from an elevator and had to grapple with downed power lines outside the theater in the city around 70 miles west of Chicago. The destructive weather came as President Joe Biden toured the aftermath of a deadly tornado that struck in Mississippi one week ago and promised the government would help the area recover.

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