(Washington) At least 50 people have been killed in a tornado in parts of the United States in Kentucky, Governor Andy Bessier said Saturday.
“I fear more than 50 people have died in Kentucky […]70 to 100 people may have died, which is very bad, ”he told a news conference. Many districts in the state have been devastated, he said.
He said “countless lives have been lost” when the roof of a candle factory in Mayfield collapsed. “Before midnight, I declared a state of emergency,” he said.
The hurricane hit and damaged several states in the southeastern and south-central United States on Friday.
Hundreds of officials and the media are talking about Amazon employees being trapped in a warehouse of supply companies that was destroyed the previous day in Illinois on Saturday.
Pictures of the Edwardsville Amazon warehouse were shared by American news channels and social media, with most of the roof of the installation torn, one of the walls collapsed into the building and the entire site collapsed.
Illinois Gov. JP Pritcher addressed the “Edwardsville People’s Prayer”, noting that the Illinois Police and Emergency Management Agency “coordinates their operations closely with local authorities.”
In a statement to local media, Amazon spokesman Richard Rocha said Amazon was the “primary” member of the “Safety and Welfare” team of employees and associates.
“We are assessing the situation and will share more information as it becomes available,” he added.
In Arkansas, one person was killed, according to media reports.
In Tennessee, at least two people were killed in storm-related incidents, an emergency management official said, citing local media.
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