A severe tornado hit Little Rock, Arkansas. Images from local TV stations showed uprooted trees, overturned vehicles and torn roofs. At least 2 people were killed and 24 injured, officials said. About 90,000 people were out in Arkansas and 45,000 in Iowa, according to the website Poweroutage.us.
No electricity last night. Governor Sarah Sanders spoke of “significant damage” and deployed the National Guard to support local emergency services.
The hurricane was part of a severe weather system that extended from the southern United States to the Great Lakes region in the north. The National Weather Service has increased the tornado risk for the area.
Deadly tornadoes hit Mississippi and Alabama a week later
At least 26 people were killed in tornadoes that ripped through Mississippi and Alabama a week ago. Yesterday US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill visited the small town of Rolling Fork, Mississippi which was hit hard by the hurricane.
During the visit, Biden got an idea of the devastation in the community of 2,000 people and met with the town’s mayor and affected residents. “You are not alone,” Biden said amid the rubble of destroyed homes and uprooted trees.
“The American people will stand with you. It will help you get here — and so will I,” Biden promised. The president announced Monday that a local disaster center will open where affected residents can seek help.
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