East Coast Braces For Severe Storm As Death Toll Rises To 20- According to government and media accounts, a ferocious storm packing strong winds and heavy rains tore across the Southern and Midwestern regions of the United States on Saturday as it moved east, leaving at least 22 people dead and dozens more injured.
While first responders combed through the wreckage in search of additional victims after tornadoes tore through the state on Friday, officials in Arkansas reported that at least five people had died.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health, seven deaths in McNairy County near the Mississippi border have been attributed to the weather. According to Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Director Patrick Sheehan, the number of individuals hurts, and buildings damaged in multiple counties is yet unknown.
90-year-old Ovie Lasater was murdered after a tornado demolished her home in Madison County, Alabama, just south of the Tennessee border, according to county coroner Tyler Berryhill.
According to the state Emergency Management Agency of Illinois, a residential building collapse in Crawford County resulted in the deaths of three people.
260 people were inside a theater when its roof collapsed, killing a 50-year-old man in the northern Illinois community of Belvidere. The event harmed 40 people, according to Dan Zaccard, a senior emergency management officer in Boone County, on Saturday.
Morbid Angel, a heavy metal band on its “Tour of Terror,” was performing for the crowd at the city’s Apollo Theatre.
An ABC News affiliate reported that a storm system that tore across the area on Saturday night resulted in one fatality in Sussex County, Delaware.
On Saturday, the National Weather Service warned about thunderstorms moving across the eastern part of the United States, which could lead to tree damage and power disruptions due to wind gusts above 60 mph (100 kph).
The National Weather Service also shared on Twitter:
To start out the week, expect above normal temperatures will an elevated threat for fire starts generally west of I-35. Storm chances will linger each day through the end of the week. A cold front arrives late Tuesday, bringing temps back down to below-normal. #dfwwx #ctxwx pic.twitter.com/S9yP4eBaru
— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) April 1, 2023
According to officials, the twisters toppled cars, uprooted trees, and downed power lines in Little Rock and a sizable area to the east and northeast of the state capital of Arkansas. They also tore off the roofs and walls of numerous structures in Arkansas.
The United States saw an unprecedented spring weather outbreak on Friday, threatening the country’s middle with thunderstorms and tornadoes from Texas to the Great Lakes.
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According to Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Saturday, Arkansas has five confirmed fatalities.
She stated, “Right now, statewide, we have five verified fatalities. We have a couple of others reported but do not yet have confirmation from local law enforcement. So, we are awaiting that. But right now, statewide, we have five confirmed fatalities.”
Eli Long, the coroner for Cross County, said that four of the fatalities in Arkansas were reported in Wynne, located about 100 miles (160 km) east of Little Rock.
According to Pulaski County spokeswoman Madeline Roberts, there was one fatality and more than 50 hospitalizations in North Little Rock.
The mayors of Little Rock and Wynne also spoke with U.S. President Joseph Biden, according to a statement from the White House. He also talked to Deanne Criswell, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator.
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) April 2, 2023
According to Huckabee Sanders, Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland security, and Biden allegedly offered assistance over the phone on Saturday.
At a press conference, she said, “They have told us that those resources will be here and on the ground for anything Arkansas needs.
Three persons were slain in Sullivan County, Indiana, according to Indiana State Police Sergeant Matt Ames. Sheriff Jason Bobbitt said on Facebook that a state of emergency had been proclaimed for the impacted communities.
The violent weather struck a week after a cluster of thunderstorms wreaked havoc on the 400-home neighborhood of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, killing 26 people and demolishing many of the homes.