Violent Storm System Wreaks Havoc on Midwest
The National Weather System confirms several tornadoes blasted the Midwest on Sunday killing at least 6 people, injuring dozens, and causing severe personal and commercial property.
Lightning, strong winds, and heavy rains are to blame for hundreds of collapsed homes and business in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been deployed into affected states and is cautioning residents to be prepared for power outages, dangerous road conditions, and flooding.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) preliminarily registered 67 tornado touchdowns in several states, as well as straight-line winds of more than 85 mph and baseball-sized hail. Six people were killed, including at least five in Illinois.
“This is very unusual for this time of year,” Jeff Ormond, Allstate spokesperson for the insurer’s regional office overseeing Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, told PC360. “Usually the region would see like weather in the warmer months of May through September. We did have tornados in Henryville, Indiana and Dexter, Michigan in March 2012, which was very unusual at that time too.”
The deadly storm system delivered a 1-2 punch with “highly conducive” atmospheric conditions leading to explosive thunderstorm development – threatening more than 53 million people in 10 different states during the storm’s peak.
Thunderstorms, hail and thousands of power outages in the Chicago area grounded flights at O’Hare and midway international airports and delayed an NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Fans were evacuated during the game’s first quarter.
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