(Washington) At least 50 people have been killed in Kentucky in a tornado that swept parts of the United States, Governor Andy Bashir said on Saturday.
“I’m afraid there are more than 50 dead in Kentucky […]”Maybe we’re close to 70 to 100 dead, it’s horrific,” he said at a press conference. He added that many counties in that state were devastated.
He said the collapse of the roof of a candle-making factory “killed countless people” in the town of Mayfield. “Before midnight, I declared a state of emergency,” he said.
The hurricane claimed casualties and damaged several states in the southeastern and south-central United States on Friday.
Amazon employees were trapped Saturday in a warehouse belonging to the giant distribution company that it destroyed the day before in Illinois, according to authorities and the media, which are talking about a hundred people.
Images from the Edwardsville Amazon warehouse, published by US news channels and social media, show much of the facility’s roof and one of the walls in the building has collapsed, scattering rubble all over the site.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzer said he extended his “our prayers to the residents of Edwardsville,” noting that Illinois police and the Emergency Management Agency “are coordinating closely with local officials.”
In a statement to local media, Amazon spokesperson Richard Rocha said the “safety and well-being” of Amazon employees and partners was the group’s “top priority.”
“We are assessing the situation and will share additional information as it becomes available,” he added.
According to media reports, a person was killed in Arkansas.
In Tennessee, at least two people have died in storm-related incidents, local media reported, citing an emergency management official.
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