At least two people died after part of an Amazon warehouse facility in Edwardsville, Illinois, collapsed. Bad weather damaged Missouri, St. Louis, Arkansas, Kentucky y Tennessee.
According to local authorities, near the 8:30 p.m., a tornado made landfall in Edwardsville, southwest of Chicago. Strong gusts of wind tore off part of the roof and a wall of the logistics center.
After receiving the report, at least 100 emergency vehicles responded to the call. At the scene, it was reported at least two deceased persons.
According to the authorities, there could be between 50 and 100 people within the facilities at the time of the incident, but the number of injured has not been specified.
It is known that one person was airlifted to a hospital and several were flown to the police station near Pontoon Beach for evaluation.
Rescue work continued until the morning of this Saturday.
Governor JB Pritzker issued a message on twitter Friday night in which he regretted the situation and assured that he would keep abreast of the situation.
Impacts in various states
Bad weather left several people dead and injured in the Midwest and South of the United States.
In addition to the Edwardsville incident, damage was reported in states such as Missouri, St. Louis, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.
In Kentucky, damage was reported in a strip of approximately 200 miles from the passage of a tornado.
Bad weather affected Western Kentucky University facilities and a candle factory, where emergency crews were assessing the extent of the damage.
Local authorities reported the collapse of several buildings, mainly in the Mayfield area. So far there are no figures, but the authorities fear several deaths.
In ArkansasTwo people were reported dead after another tornado struck a nursing home. In this incident 20 people were trapped.
In Tennessee, the authorities confirmed the death of three people because of the storm, two had occurred in Lake County and one more in Obion.
In St. Louis, one person died and two more were injured in the towns of Defiance and New Melle.