The damage was severe in several parts of Indiana, where trees and utility poles were downed during the storms. County Sheriff urged the residents to stay home after the tornado hit, saying that injuries had also been reported.
More than 4,000 Entergy Arkansas customers were left without power on Wednesday night as a result of a tornado, while just under 3,000 customers are still without power.
Meanwhile, in Georgia, tornado warnings were issued in Lanier and Berrien counties after storms ripped through the southwestern part of the state.
Tropical cyclone Harold batters Fiji island
Cyclone Harold, downgraded to category four before reaching Fijian waters, has levelled buildings and caused dangerous flooding across Fiji’s largest island of Viti Levu on April 8th. Fijian authorities ordered people to stay indoors, unless directed to evacuate and closed all the roads on the island of Viti Levu.
The storm is expected to head away from Tonga onto the open ocean late on Thursday but forecasters say there were no certainties.
The Covid-19 pandemic has complicated disaster relief efforts, with Vanuatu reluctant to open its international borders as it seeks to remain one of the few countries without any confirmed virus cases.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said an air force plane carrying essential supplies such as tents and water containers was on its way to Vanuatu, while assistance had also been offered to the other impacted nations.
Vanuatu said any supplies that came into the country would be handled with protective equipment and the air crews delivering them would be isolated in transit areas.