Deadly US tornados: Theatre roof destroyed during heavy metal gig

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Watch radical sifting done the debris astatine the Apollo Theater successful Belvidere, Illinois

By Thomas Mackintosh

BBC News

One idiosyncratic has been killed and dozens much injured aft a tempest caused a theatre extortion to illness successful Illinois.

Around 260 radical were wrong the Apollo Theater, Belvidere, erstwhile the extortion caved successful astatine 19:55 section time, the section occurrence section said.

Fire main Shawn Schadle told reporters 28 radical were taken to infirmary with 5 successful a superior condition.

A bid of fierce tornados ripped done respective US states connected Friday, sidesplitting astatine slightest 3 radical successful total.

Extensive harm was reported successful parts of the South and Midwest - with the states of Arkansas and Missouri declaring states of emergency. Tens of thousands were near without power.

A large tornado tore done the Arkansas authorities superior Little Rock, flipping cars, smashing roofs and toppling trees. At slightest 24 radical were injured, according to the city's mayor.

The state's governor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, confirmed the deaths of 2 radical successful the municipality of Wynne, immoderate 100 miles (170km) from Little Rock.

More than 40 tornado reports were made crossed six states connected Friday night, according to the US government's Storm Prediction Center.

Several flights astatine Chicago O'Hare International Airport were delayed oregon cancelled arsenic passengers were told to instrumentality structure owed to what it described arsenic "severe weather".

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Debris strewn crossed a roadworthy successful Little Rock, Arkansas

In Tennessee, Covington Mayor Jan Hensley pleaded with radical not to "drive around" arsenic powerfulness lines had been deed by storms.

The Covington Police Department described the metropolis arsenic "impassable" sharing photos of roads blocked by downed powerfulness poles and ample trees toppled successful beforehand of homes.

Mrs Huckabee Sanders deployed the National Guard aft what she described arsenic "significant damage" successful cardinal Arkansas.

As of 20:30 section time, much than 70,000 successful her authorities were without electricity, according to the US powerfulness outage website.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center successful Little Rock said it was expecting astatine slightest 15-20 patients.

Baptist Health Medical Center, the state's biggest hospital, said it had 5 patients successful a captious condition.

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Tornado harm successful Arkansas

The nighttime of deadly tornados comes conscionable 1 week aft a rare, long-track twister killed 26 radical successful Mississippi.

President Joe Biden visited the authorities connected Friday to wage his condolences and committedness national aid.

In a bulletin the Storm Prediction Center warned immoderate of the projected tornados could way crossed the crushed for agelong distances.

The Mississippi tornado past week travelled 59 miles (94km) and lasted astir an hr and 10 minutes - an unusually agelong play of clip for a tempest to prolong itself. It damaged astir 2,000 homes, officials said.

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