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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Warehouse roof of Amazon collapses, two killed at nursing home

Warehouse roof of Amazon collapses.

key takeaways:

  • Emergency crews in southern Illinois reacted to reports of damages at an Amazon warehouse when a roof fell during storms.
  • The Amazon fulfillment center in Edwardsville launched in 2016 with two warehouses totaling 1.5 million square feet. 

A tornado struck an Arkansas nursing home on Friday night, killing at least two people. At the same time, emergency crews in southern Illinois responded to reports of injuries at an Amazon warehouse when a roof fell during storms.

After the tornado struck the Monette Manor region in northeast Arkansas, Craighead County Judge Marvin Day informed KAIT-TV that at least five others were injured and 20 people were stranded. The county officials did not immediately respond to a call from The Associated Press.

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According to the TV station, emergency services from Trumann and police and firefighters from Jonesboro were on their way to the scene to help. There are approximately 90 beds in the nursing facility.

Hundreds of emergency cars were seen at the Amazon center near Edwardsville, Illinois, roughly 25 miles west of St. Louis. It wasn’t instantly known how many people were injured or how many were killed, but the Collinsville, Illinois, Emergency Management Agency described it as a “mass casualty incident” on Facebook. According to KTVI-TV, up to 100 people were estimated to be in the building at the time of the collapse, working the night shift.

2 dead in Arkansas tornado; roof collapse at Illinois Amazon
2 dead in Arkansas tornado; roof collapse at Illinois Amazon. Image from Spectrum News

According to the Belleville News Democrat, the Amazon fulfillment center in Edwardsville launched in 2016 with two warehouses totaling 1.5 million square feet. Items are kept in warehouses until they are shipped to mail-order clients.

A powerful thunderstorm, maybe accompanied by a tornado, slammed across the St. Louis area, causing the building to fall. Winds of around 70 miles per hour were reported in Missouri’s St. Charles and St. Louis counties. At least three individuals of St. Charles County were hospitalized, and several homes in the Augusta, Missouri, region were destroyed.

Tornadoes were sighted or on the ground in various locations across the Midwest due to the storms in Illinois and Arkansas.

Source: CTV News

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