Dozens of people were reportedly trapped as tornado hits Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville

Southern Illinois, Arkansas and Missouri were hit by heavy storms this evening with winds that reached 70 mph and formed tornadoes in several locations.

EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois – Emergency crews in southern Illinois were responding to reports of injuries at an Amazon warehouse after a roof collapsed amid storms, including a tornado.

Images from St. Louis TV stations showed dozens of emergency vehicles at the Amazon center near Edwardsville, Ill., About 25 miles west of St. Louis. It was not immediately clear if or how many people were injured, but the Collinsville, Illinois Emergency Management Agency on Facebook called it a “mass casualty incident.” . An official told KTVI-TV that up to 100 people were in the building, working nights, at the time of the collapse.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Amazon’s distribution center in Edwardsville opened with two warehouses in 2016, with 1.5 million square feet of space. Warehouses are used to store items until they are shipped to mail order customers.

The collapse occurred in the form of a severe thunderstorm, and possibly a tornado, which ravaged the Saint-Louis region. Winds of up to 70 mph have been reported in parts of St. Charles and St. Louis counties in Missouri. At least three residents of St. Charles County have been hospitalized and several homes in the area near Augusta, Missouri have been damaged.

At least two people were killed Friday night when a tornado ripped through an Arkansas nursing home.

Craighead County Judge Marvin Day told KAIT-TV that at least five other people were injured and 20 people were trapped after the tornado hit the Monette Manor area in northeastern l ‘Arkansas. An Associated Press call to the county office was not immediately returned.

The TV station reported that emergency crews from Trumann, as well as police and firefighters from Jonesboro were traveling to the area to assist. The retirement home has around 90 beds.

Storms in Illinois and Arkansas were among several locations in the Midwest that reported spotted or ground tornadoes.

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