The storm system that hit several regions of the US threatened a swath of the country where some 85 million people live.

Debris removal and cleaning work begins in countless locations in the South and Midwest of the United States, after the devastating scourge of a storm system, full of tornadoes, which devastated everything in its path this Friday.

At least

26 people have died

victims of these tornadoes, present in eight states of the country: Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Ohio. 

I'm absolutely devastated.

My hometown Wynne, Arkansas was just completely destroyed.

Schools demolished, businesses destroyed, churches, homes destroyed

Thank you @SarahHuckabee for your leadership during this horrible time.

I'll do anything I can to help with recovery.

— Derek Utley (@realDerekUtley) April 1, 2023

The dead include at least nine in one Tennessee county, four in the small town of Wynne, Arkansas, three in Sullivan, Indiana and four in Illinois.

It is feared that

the number of fatalities will increase

with the passing of the hours.

The authorities of the state of Alabama specified that an elderly person died in Huntsville when a tornado hit his house, they also reported five deaths in the communities of Cross and Pulaski.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado and severe storm watch in the northeast of the country, particularly in Ohio.

There is an Enhanced Risk of severe storms for parts of Northeast Texas today (Sunday).

Multiple modes, primarily supercells are anticipated which could produce 1-2in+ hail along with a couple of tornadoes and some scattered damaging winds.#txwx #weather #wxtwitter

— Weather Track US (@weathertrackus) April 2, 2023

Due to bad weather, more than 997,000 customers in 14 Midwestern states remain without power.

On Friday night and early Saturday, the disaster reached the city of Belvidere, Illinois, when a powerful tornado caused the roof and part of the facade of the Apollo Theater to collapse, in the middle of a concert by a heavy band metal.

Belvidere Fire Chief Shawn Schadle confirmed one person was killed and 28 injured in the disaster, five with serious injuries.

Authorities in the neighboring state of Indiana confirmed the deaths of three people after a storm swept through Sullivan County.

This dramatic footage shared on Facebook by Kimberly Shaw shows what it looked like inside the high end EF3 tornado that struck Little Rock, AR, on Friday afternoon.

If there's a tornado warning in your area: Stay AWAY from external doors, windows and walls #ARwx

— Nahel Belgherze (@WxNB_) April 1, 2023

State of emergency in Arkansas

At least 26 dead after a new series of devastating tornadoes in the United States

“Right now, for me, it's just what I can do and then clear all of this and try to see who else I can help,” said

Heidi Jenkins

, a business owner in Wynne, Arkansas.

"And then see about what we can do at school to get it back in order."

More than

half a million homes and businesses lost power

Saturday, 200,000 of them in Ohio alone.

In Arkanas, its governor,

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

, declared a state of emergency Friday, activating statewide National Guard assistance.

All this comes just one week after another series of tornadoes, this time in Mississippi, killed 26 more people.

More tornadoes

are expected to occur over the next week .

Eight US states affected by a series of devastating tornadoes.

(With information from Euronews and teleSUR)