Sun. Jun 7th, 2020

US South, Midwest Dealing With More Than 17 Tornadoes Over The Weekend With Extensive Damage

A slew of tornadoes roared through the central United States as a storm traveled across the region, resulting in considerable damage.

Arkansas, Iowa and Illinois each experienced tornadoes on Saturday, and while no deaths were reported, multiple people were injured.

A mall in Jonesboro, Ark., was among the structures that got hit.

“There are 18 injuries in this event (Saturday) and and two were admitted to the hospital,” said Judge Marvin Day of Craighead County, Ark., noting that those hospitalized were facing not life-threatening conditions.

“No fatalities, thank God.”

Limiting the number of injuries was the fact that many stores in The Mall at Turtle Creek were not open when the tornado hit due to closures stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Also struck by tornadoes were a rice mill belonging to Busch Agricultural Resources and the Jonesboro Municipal Airport.

Overall, at least 17 tornadoes were recently reported in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri, according to ABC News. That includes eight in Iowa, three in Arkansas and four in Illinois.

An apartment complex in Oelwein, Iowa, was also damaged by a tornado, with a 12-story residential building losing a portion of its wall and another building suffering damage to its side.

No serious injuries are believed to have occurred at the multi-building complex, according to police.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

Photographs are Courtesy:  AP

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