MILWAUKEE ( Associated Press) — A child and two adults were missing Tuesday after being swept into a storm drain in Milwaukee, amid severe storms that spawned rain and strong winds over wide swaths of the midwestern and southern United States. , informed the authorities.
According to witnesses, the 11-year-old boy fell around 6:30 pm Monday into a dam that runs under a tunnel and empties into the Kinnickinnic River. Police said two men, ages 34 and 37, jumped into the water to try to rescue the boy, but all three have since disappeared.
“We have no idea what could have happened in that tunnel,” Deputy Fire Chief DeWayne Smoots said.
Rescuers refrained from entering the tunnel due to dangerous conditions, but dispatched a drone to try to locate the missing, officials said. Names have not been released at this time. Police said they knew each other but gave no further details.
The storms also caused damage and power outages in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. On Tuesday, they headed into West Virginia, where many roads were blocked by tree limbs and power lines.
The storms occur in a period of high temperatures and humidity in a band that goes from the US coast of the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes and the Carolinas. More than 100 million residents are under an extreme heat warning after a weekend of record temperatures in parts of the West and Southwest.
In Illinois, a storm with winds of 129 kilometers per hour (80 mph) downed trees and power lines, causing damage from the Chicago area to northwestern Indiana, the National Weather Service reported. Tens of thousands of people were left without power.
Winds of 135 km/h (84 mph) were recorded at Chicago International Airport. Experts were on their way to determine if the storms reached tornado grade.
In Bellwood, a Chicago suburb, authorities said winds tore the roof off a small building, injuring a woman who had to be hospitalized.