The victims were identified as Brett Kincaid, 53, and Wendy Kincaid, 47, of Rossville, Ind., after two campers were reported missing to authorities. An investigation into their deaths is underway.
In Memphis, two children and an adult were found dead Saturday after police responded to a call about trees falling on homes, police spokesman Christopher Williams said. until Friday night.
Their deaths bring the total number attributed to the storms to 26, with many more injured and Extensive damage to property Local authorities and media reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi and Tennessee.
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In cities and towns throughout the South, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic, Residents said The storms flattened homes, downed trees and power lines, and left debris scattered everywhere.
In Illinois, one person was killed and 40 injured when the roof of a concert hall collapsed while patrons were at a show. Three more died in the western part of the state, toward the Indiana border. A high school in Winn, Ark., was evacuated after artificial turf was thrown from the school’s football field into a house 100 yards away. At least four people were killed in the state, Arkansas Emergency Management spokeswoman Latresha Woodruff said. The storm is believed to have claimed five lives, including two campers in Indiana.
Officials in Alabama, Delaware and Mississippi reported one death each from the storms.
Seven people were killed in rural McNairy County, Tennessee, Mayor Larry Smith said, as the area was hit by two back-to-back tornadoes. The number of victims in the state has risen to 10 due to this incident.
Governors of Indiana And Arkansas Issued emergency declarations for regions or all their states. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) declared a state of emergency Friday in anticipation of the effects of the storms. Beshear Tweeted Early Saturday, “At this time, we are not aware of any fatalities in Kentucky from last night’s storms and tornadoes.”
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Storms are expected to continue through the week, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.
Tuesday could be the most dangerous day, with severe thunderstorms “likely to develop from Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night across the lower Missouri Valley across parts of the upper Midwest and south, and parts of the southeastern Great Plains into parts of the central south,” The NWS said. These thunderstorms could produce “some strong tornadoes, large hail and damaging wind gusts.”
Some of the population centers most at risk of impact include Chicago, Kansas City and Little Rock.
An intense period of severe weather is forecast to continue into next week. Next Tuesday (4/4), in particular, the potential for widespread (and some significant) severe weather near the mid-Mississippi Valley is worrisome. Be aware of the weather in these areas. pic.twitter.com/yuwLn2C4NE
— NWS Storm Prediction Center (@NWSSPC) April 1, 2023
There was a risk of widespread severe weather The prediction is that it will decrease On Sunday, though, the NWS said strong winds and hail were possible overnight across parts of the Mid-Atlantic and into New England.
Tens of thousands of homes in the area were without power early Sunday morning resistance.US, which tracks reports of outages across the United States. As of 7 a.m. ET, that included more than 115,000 customers in Pennsylvania and nearly 37,000 in Virginia.
Kim Belware, Jennifer Hassan, Niha Masih, Matthew Kapucci, Evan Halber, Justin McDaniel, Brian Peach and Kendra Nichols contributed to this report.