Many parts of the US Midwest braced for a blast of Arctic air this weekend that could bring some of the coldest temperatures in two decades before advancing to the Northeast, where residents are still digging out from a deadly snowstorm.
A fast-moving storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday that killed at least five people and flattened large parts of a town in Illinois as it tore across the Midwest, authorities said.
The storm also forced the Chicago
Rescue teams and residents combed through storm-wracked towns to assess damage from a chain of tornadoes that killed at least 39 people in the US.
The tornadoes cut a 1,000-mile (1,600-km) swath of destruction from the Midwest to the Gulf
While the price spike of fertilisers has triggered a buying boycott by farmers across the Midwest in the US, sales of key products have hit their lowest levels since 2008, but farmers may lose in the face-off unless they place their orders soon.
From the worst floods in the Midwest grain belt in 15 years to drought in California, damage to crops from inclement weather has topped $8 billion so far this year, the largest US farm group said.
The damage could rise or contract, dependi