At least 18 dead in six states after strong tornadoes in Midwest and South

Several states across the country were without power after strong tornadoes struck the Midwest and South, leaving at least 18 people dead.

The death toll could rise in the coming hours, as emergency services in the states assess damage and find survivors.

According to media reports, seven dead are from Tennessee, five from Arkansas, three from Indiana, and one each from Illinois, Alabama, and Mississippi.

In response, President Biden contacted Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas and the mayors of Little Rock and Wynn, two of the cities hardest hit by the tornadoes, according to the White House statement.

Governor Huckabee mobilized 100 members of the National Guard to respond to the impacts of the tornadoes, and also declared a state of emergency to dedicate state services to search efforts.

In northern Illinois, tornadoes caused “absolute chaos” according to Belvidere Police Chief Shane Woody’s statement, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The tornadoes caused the roof of a theater where 260 were attending a concert to collapse, leaving one dead and 28 injured, five of whom were in critical condition, according to the Belvidere Fire Department.

In Indiana, strong winds caused areas of the city of Sullivan to be “unrecognizable,” according to Mayor Clint Lamb.

The tornadoes left about 60,000 homes without power in Tennessee and 37,000 in Arkansas, two of the hardest hit states, according to

The National Weather Service reported that tornadoes were reported on Friday nights in Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Mississippi, and storm warnings were activated in Georgia and Alabama.

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