Amazon warehouse collapse. The governor of Kentucky has quickly declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as storm causes significant damage in the State.
According to our trusted source, the Amazon warehouse has collapsed. There is a major winter storm that just began early on Friday 10th December 2021 and has left a trail of destruction in the United States as it massively ripped through five states, leading to the collapse of an Amazon warehouse in southern Illinois and multiple deaths at a nursing home in Arkansas.
As the incident occurred, so many Emergency vehicles were provided for the Amazon fulfillment center to begin rescue operations, with their top officials saying some workers are believed to be trapped inside.
Tornadoes were also reported in Missouri and Tennessee, and Kentucky’s governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency in the early hours of Saturday, activating the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky State Police.
He made it clear that an update with emergency management officials would be given at 5 am on Saturday to assess the damage.
While the storm is affecting a large area that forecasters said could stretch to as much as half the country, the first deadly incident was reported at Monette Manor, a nursing home in Monette, Arkansas.
At least two residents were killed and five seriously injured after a tornado ripped through the facility at about 8.15 pm on Friday night, trapping around 20 people inside the collapsing building, Craighead County Judge Marvin Day told the Associated Press.
Though the building was cleared within 90 minutes of its collapse and everyone believed to have been inside the building at the time has been accounted for, Mr. Day said the search is still on as the crew fears the possibility of additional victims inside the debris.
"It looks like it’s pretty much destroyed," Mr Day said of the building. "... It happens quick but apparently there was a little bit of time with tornado sirens going off." Some residents were found in the basement "and were prepared for this," he said.
While it is not immediately clear how many people were injured at the partial building collapse reported at the Amazon center near Edwardsville, Illinois, the Emergency Management Agency of Collinsville, Illinois called it a “mass casualty incident”.
One official told Fox News affiliate KTVI-TV that over 100 people were believed to be inside the building working the night shift at the time of the collapse.
Illinois governor JB Pritzker tweeted: “My prayers are with the people of Edwardsville tonight, and I’ve reached out to the mayor to provide any needed state resources.
“Our [Illinois State Police] and [Ready Illinois] are both coordinating closely with local officials and I will continue to monitor the situation.” "The safety and well-being of our employees and partners is our top priority right now," Amazon spokesperson Richard Rocha said in a written statement Friday night. "We’re assessing the situation and will share additional information when it’s available."