Sanders announced she would visit tornado-damaged areas on Saturday and meet with Arkansans affected by the storm in Little Rock.
A severe weather event in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana brought “widespread wind damage with multiple tornadoes,” thunderstorms and scattered large hail to the area, according to a preliminary report from the U.S. National Weather Service.
State police confirmed that three people were killed in Indiana, and that a tornado in Boone County, Illinois, specifically the town of Belvidere, killed a 50-year-old man and injured 28 others when the roof of a concert hall collapsed Friday night at the Apollo Theater. Of the 28 people taken to hospital, five had serious injuries, according to the Belvidere Fire Department.
Belvidere officials were unable to respond to warnings issued to concertgoers, or advised to move to a safe place. The loud concert may have prevented attendees from hearing the tornado sirens blaring in the area Friday night.
It has not been confirmed how many tornadoes hit Illinois and Indiana, but the This is reported by the National Weather Service many areas of structural damage and potential tornadoes, including Baileyville, Belvidere, Mendota, and downtown Batavaia in Illinois and Merillville in Indiana.
The storm for northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana has come to an end, according to the government The National Weather Service field office in Chicago.
In Arkansas, weather conditions are expected to be calmer across the state on Saturday.
“Much calmer conditions are expected in the state today before another shower of rain passes over on Sunday evening,” said a spokesman. tweet from the National Weather Service field office in Little Rock. “The chance of severe weather is very slim until Tuesday, when our next strong storm system approaches.”
Dennis Romero, Phil Helsel And Tim Stello contributed.