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Asher Notheis, Breaking News Reporter


NextImg:At least nine people killed amid tornadoes in at least three states

Tornadoes in several states have left at least nine people dead and hundreds of thousands of houses without power.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center reported over 60 tornadoes in several states on Friday and Saturday. The states most impacted by the storms and power outages include Arkansas, Illinois, and Indiana, according to the Washington Post.

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People examine the damage to homes on Northgate Drive after a tornado caused extensive damage in the area Friday, March 31, 2023 in Sherwood, Ark. A monster storm system tore through the South and Midwest on Friday, spawning tornadoes that shredded homes and shopping centers, overturned vehicles and uprooted trees as people raced for shelter.(Colin Murphey/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)


In Belvidere, Illinois, the roof of the Apollo Theatre collapsed due to a storm on Friday, leaving at least one person dead and 28 others injured. The scene was described as a “catastrophe” by a local resident.

"I’ve been in touch with officials for updates and to direct any available resources we can," Gov. JB Pritzker (D-IL) wrote on social media. "As we learn more, please follow the guidance of all local authorities."

Damage to homes on E. Kiehl Ave. can be seen after a tornado caused extensive damage in the area Friday, March 31, 2023 in Sherwood, Ark. A monster storm system tore through the South and Midwest on Friday, spawning tornadoes that shredded homes and shopping centers, overturned vehicles and uprooted trees as people raced for shelter.(Colin Murphey/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)


In Arkansas, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) has activated the state's national guard, which will be assisting the state police and local law enforcement throughout the state. A “large and destructive tornado” struck Little Rock and in other areas of the state on Friday afternoon, with at least one person dead and 50 people hospitalized in North Little Rock, according to Pulaski County spokeswoman Madeline Roberts.

"Widespread damage in Wynne. I’ve been in touch with local officials for updates and to direct state resources," Sanders said. "Please follow the direction of local authorities. Praying for the safety of all Arkansans who are in the path of these storms."


Power outages have been reported in several states in the wake of the storms, with Indiana and Minnesota each reporting over 65,000 outages as of 9:53 EST. Arkansas follows with over 52,000 outages, then Illinois with 33,000 outages, according to PowerOutage.us.

People work to clear trees on the road in Cammack Village, Ark., after a tornado swept through the area, Friday, March 31, 2023. (Stephen Swofford/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
A woman collects belongings from a family members home after the roof was ripped off from a tornado on Oakview Drive in North Little Rock, Ark. Friday, March 31, 2023. A monster storm system tore through the South and Midwest on Friday, spawning tornadoes that shredded homes and shopping centers, overturned vehicles and uprooted trees as people raced for shelter. (Thomas Metthe/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)


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The weekend's storms come only one week after the state of Mississippi experienced its own severe storms, which left at least 25 people dead. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited Rolling Fork in the state on Friday, where the president claimed he had authorized more access to federal resources to aid in the recovery effort.

"To those affected by the tornadoes in Mississippi: thanks to your spirit, resilience, and bravery – Rolling Fork will be back," Biden tweeted. "We’re not just here today. We’re going to be with you until this work is done."