Tornadoes and storms hit Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and other states

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At least eight people have been killed and more than 200,000 homes are without power as storms sweep across Central America, as tornadoes hit parts of Indiana, Arkansas and Illinois.

More than 60 tornado reports in several states were recorded Friday and Saturday from the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.

Three deaths in Sullivan County, Ind., Sgt. are confirmed in Matt Ames with Indiana State Police said early Saturday morning that homes were destroyed and several power lines were down. Search and rescue teams are waiting for daylight to resume operations in the area, he said.

A “large and destructive tornado” struck Little Rock and other places in Arkansas Friday afternoon, tearing up homes, state officials said. There was one confirmed death in North Little Rock, Pulaski County spokeswoman Madeline Roberts said. More than 50 people were hospitalized and the district suffered “major damage”.

Wayne, Ark., where there were two deaths Pictures Miles J. said the neighborhood and the city’s high school suffered major damage. Kimble and a spokesman for the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management said.

The fourth death in the state of Arkansas was confirmed Saturday by Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Latresha Woodruff.

One person was killed and at least 28 were injured when the roof of the Apollo Theater collapsed in Belvidere, Ill., during Friday’s storm. A local resident described the scene as “disastrous” to the Washington Post.

Video shows severe weather battering outside the Apollo Theater in Belvidere on March 31. (Video: Mike Kamke)

The city’s fire chief, Shawn Schadle, said About 260 people were present at the place when the incident took place, he told reporters. Illinois Governor JP Pritzker (D) said Late Friday, officials were “closely monitoring” the disaster and urged residents to take shelter and follow the guidance of all local authorities.

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More than 200,000 customers were without power early Saturday, according to PowerOutage.usMost of the outages were reported in Indiana and Minnesota.

Ohio Valley and parts of the Northeast and Southeastern US. Very bad weather is forecast for Saturday as severe-to-severe thunderstorms are possible across the board. Wind, hail and a few tornadoes are possible,” the Storm Prediction Center said.

The cluster follows deadly tornadoes that killed at least 25 people in Mississippi and northern Alabama last week.

On Friday, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Rolling Fork, Miss., where Biden said they would allow more access to federal resources for recovery efforts, including cash grants for people who lost their homes.

“People at Rolling Fork say the tornado only lasted about 15 seconds, but Jill and I saw firsthand the devastating effect,” Biden said. said in a tweet on Saturday. “We will stand with you to rebuild as long as it takes.”

A devastating tornado hit Little Rock on March 31, and several tornadoes tore across Iowa, leaving more than 28 million people under a tornado watch. (Video: The Washington Post)

Scott Dance, Alison Chiu, Matthew Cappucci and Amber Ferguson contributed to this report.

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