At least 50 individuals are lifeless after a twister ripped via the southeastern US state of Kentucky, its governor informed reporters, as storms ravaged giant swathes of the nation.
A number of counties in Kentucky had been devastated, with the strongest twister tearing 200 miles via the state, governor Andy Beshear mentioned.
“I worry that there are greater than 50 lifeless … most likely nearer to someplace between 70 and 100, it is devastating,” he mentioned, including this was the “most extreme twister occasion in Kentucky’s historical past”.
The governor mentioned a roof collapse at a candle manufacturing facility “resulted in mass casualties” within the metropolis of Mayfield.
“Earlier than midnight I declared a state of emergency,” Beshear mentioned.
The twister got here as storms wreaked havoc in a number of US states.
A storm earlier tore via a large Amazon warehouse within the US state of Illinois on Friday, officers mentioned, with native media reporting round 100 employees trapped inside.
Officers had been working via the early hours of Saturday to rescue workers on the facility — a 3rd of which was diminished to rubble — who had been on the evening shift processing orders forward of the Christmas holidays.
The Collinsville Emergency Administration Company described it as a “mass casualty incident” with “a number of topics trapped at Amazon Warehouse”.
A twister warning had been in impact within the space on the time of the incident.
Footage shared throughout US information channels and social media of the Edwardsville Amazon warehouse confirmed a big a part of the power’s roof ripped off whereas one of many partitions had collapsed into the constructing, with rubble strewn throughout the location.
It was not instantly clear if anybody was damage or killed.
My prayers are with the individuals of Edwardsville tonight, and I’ve reached out to the mayor to supply any wanted state assets.
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) December 11, 2021
Illinois Governor JB Pritzer mentioned: “My prayers are with the individuals of Edwardsville tonight.”
“Our Illinois State Police and Illinois Emergency Administration Company are each coordinating carefully with native officers and I’ll proceed to observe the state of affairs,” he added.
In an announcement despatched to native media, Amazon spokesperson Richard Rocha mentioned “the protection and well-being of our workers and companions is our high precedence proper now. We’re assessing the state of affairs and can share extra info when it is accessible.”
In Arkansas, one individual was killed and 20 others had been trapped after a twister struck the Monette Manor nursing house, US media reported.
Craighead county official Marvin Day informed native information channels that rescuers had efficiently pulled out these trapped within the constructing whereas the construction was “just about destroyed”.
In Tennessee, at the very least two individuals had been killed in storm-related incidents, an emergency administration official informed native media.
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