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Storms Bring Death and Destruction Across South

The recent severe storms that swept across the US South and Midwest have left a trail of devastation in their wake, killing at least 21 people and destroying countless homes and businesses. The storms, which spawned possibly dozens of tornadoes, struck small towns and big cities alike, leaving a broad swath of damage in their path.

In Tennessee’s McNairy County, at least seven people were killed, with the majority of the damage concentrated in residential areas. The town of Wynne, Arkansas, was also severely affected, with four people killed and the high school’s roof shredded. In Illinois, four people were killed, including one man who was pulled from the rubble by concertgoers after the roof of a concert venue collapsed.

In Indiana’s Sullivan County, three people were killed, and in Mississippi, one person was killed and four others injured. Alabama also reported a death, and damage was reported in several other states. The storms caused widespread destruction, with entire neighborhoods left in ruins.

The National Weather Service reported that the tornadoes were high-end EF3 twisters, with wind speeds reaching up to 165 mph and a path as long as 25 miles. Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared a state of emergency and activated the US National Guard to help local responders.

Tennessee’s McNairy County

The storms also caused hundreds of reports of large hail and damaging winds, and it could take days to determine the exact number of tornadoes. Authorities are still working to clear rubble and restore power to affected areas, and rescue teams are still searching for missing persons.

The storms struck just hours after US President Joe Biden visited the Mississippi community of Rolling Fork, where tornadoes last week destroyed parts of town. The destruction is a stark reminder of the devastating power of severe weather events and the importance of preparedness and response.

The affected communities are left to pick up the pieces and rebuild, with the road to recovery expected to be a long and challenging one. As the people of these communities work to restore their homes and their lives, they will undoubtedly be buoyed by the resilience and kindness of their neighbors, as well as the support of local response teams and government officials.

Keywords: Tornadoes, Storms, Death, Destruction, Weather, US South, Midwest, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, Mississippi.

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