Tornado in US updates: Storm hits Amazon warehouse in US; Nearly 100 people trapped inside

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Dec 11, 2021, 03:44 PM(IST)

Storm hits Amazon warehouse in Illinois, US Photograph:( Twitter )

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According to the reports by AFP, the employees were on the night shift processing orders ahead before the Christmas holidays

A storm hit Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Friday with nearly 100 workers trapped inside. Describing it as a "mass casualty incident," the Collinsville Emergency Management Agency worked through the early hours of Saturday to rescue employees at the facility. 

At least 100 emergency vehicles were at the scene. 

In a statement, Amazon spokesperson Richard Rocha said "the safety and well-being of our employees and partners is our top priority right now. We're assessing the situation and will share additional information when it's available."

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According to the reports by AFP, the employees were on the night shift processing orders ahead before the Christmas holidays. 
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker took to his official Twitter handle as he wrote, "My prayers are with the people of Edwardsville tonight, and I've reached out to the mayor to provide any needed state resources."

He further added that the Illinois State Police and Illinois Emergency Management Agency have been 'coordinating closely' with local officials. 

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Various images and videos that have emerged on social media show the roof being torn off. 

Not just Illinois, but several other US states were also affected by the storm. In Arkansas, one person was killed and 20 others were trapped after a tornado struck the Monette Manor nursing home. In Tennessee, at least two people were killed.

(With inputs from agencies)

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