US tornadoes: Tornadoes wreak havoc in states including Arkansas and Illinois, killing six and injuring dozens | US News

At least six people have been killed as tornadoes tore through the South and Midwest of the United States.

People had to be dug from the rubble when the roof of a theater collapsed at a heavy metal show in Belvidere, Illinois, killing one of the victims and injuring dozens.

exist Arkansas, governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the state’s National Guard and declared a state of emergency as the tornado damaged homes and vehicles in the Little Rock area.

A roof collapses and a collapsed tent is seen at the front door of the Apollo Theater during a heavy metal concert on Friday night, March 31, 2023, during a tornado in Belvidere, Illinois. Belvidere Fire Chief Sean Shader said 260 people were at the venue when it was blasted.  (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
The roof of the Apollo Theater in Belvedere collapsed.Photo: Associated Press

Two people died in Wayne in Cross County and another in Pulaski County, the governor said.

Ms Huckabee Sanders tweeted Friday night: “Prayers for all who were and are still in the path of this storm.”

“As the storm continues to hit, Arkansans must continue to be weather aware.”

Dozens more are believed to have been injured in the state, but the exact number is not yet known.

Sherwood, Ark. Police and firefighters are helped by volunteers to clear fallen trees on Keihl Avenue after a storm swept through the area, Friday, March 31, 2023
Volunteers clear fallen trees in Sherwood, Arkansas.Photo: Associated Press
A tornado severely damaged an apartment complex on Cantrell Road, Friday, March 31, 2023, in Little Rock, Arkansas. A massive storm system tore through the South and Midwest on Friday, unleashing tornadoes that destroyed homes and shopping centers, overturned vehicles, uprooted trees and sent people scrambling for shelter (Stephen Swofford/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
An apartment complex in Little Rock, Arkansas.Photo: Associated Press

In Wynne, about 100 miles east of Little Rock, Police Chief Richard Dennis told local television that “the whole town was completely destroyed” and dozens of people were trapped.

Tornadoes are caused by violent thunderstorms that hit the southern and midwestern United States — home to some 85 million people.

Two more people died in Sullivan County, Indiana.

After a tornado in Coralville, Iowa.Photo: Associated Press
After a tornado in Coralville, Iowa.Photo: Associated Press

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Tornadoes were also reported in Iowa, while some people in Oklahoma City had to evacuate their homes after high winds ignited grass fires.

Meteorologists are predicting another batch of powerful storms over the same large area on Tuesday.

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