(ARKANSAS) JUST IN: At least two people have been killed and five injured after a nursing home in Monette, a city in the southern US state of Arkansas, was hit by a tornado #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.11: At least one fatality was also reported in Missouri as severe storms, some believed to have spawned tornadoes, swept across the Mid-west and parts of the south.

#AceDailyNews says according to AP News Report: Tornado hits an Arkansas nursing home, killing one resident as tornadoes smash US and destroys an Amazon facility when it hit ….

With many others killed in Kentucky …..ABC News

Posted 10h ago, updated 5h ago

A damaged building surrounded by emergency service vehicles at night
Photo appearing to show the Monette Manor nursing home.(Twitter/@brianemfinger)

In Tennessee, two storm-related fatalities were reported in Obion County in the state’s northwestern corner, said Dean Flener, spokesman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Mr Flener said he had no details on the deaths.

Craighead County Judge Marvin Day told The Associated Press that a tornado struck the Monette Manor nursing home at about 8:15pm, local time, trapping 20 people inside as the building collapsed around them.

Within two hours, the building had been cleared and everyone initially believed to have been inside had been accounted for, Mr Day said.

“It looks like it’s pretty much destroyed,” Judge Day said of the building.

“… It happened 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.

The nursing home has about 90 beds. 

Judge Day cautioned residents to shelter in place.

“The worst thing to do would be to leave,” he said.

Photos posted to Twitter show emergency service vehicles surrounding what appears to be the badly damaged nursing home.

A series of tornado warnings were issued for the area because of a strong storm system, according to local media. 

Meanwhile, emergency crews in southern Illinois were also responding to reports of injuries at an Amazon warehouse after a roof collapsed amid storms there.

Amazon warehouse roof collapse

Footage from St Louis TV stations showed dozens of emergency vehicles at the Amazon centre near Edwardsville, Illinois, about 40 kilometres west of St Louis.

It wasn’t immediately clear if, or how many, people were hurt, but the Collinsville, Illinois, Emergency Management Agency on Facebook called it a “mass casualty incident”.

The roof of a warehouse collapsed
It is believed people are trapped inside the Amazon warehouse.(AP: St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Robert Cohen)

One official told KTVI-TV that up to 100 people were believed to be in the building, working the night shift, at the time of the collapse.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported that the Amazon fulfilment centre in Edwardsville opened with two warehouses in 2016, with 1.5 million square feet of space between them.

Those warehouses are used to store items until they are shipped to mail-order customers.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the damage to the Amazon warehouse was caused by straight-line storms or a tornado, but a large tornado was reported in the Edwardsville area at about the time the building was damaged.

The National Weather Service office near St Louis issued reports of “radar-confirmed tornadoes” in the Edwardsville area.

“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.

“We’re assessing the situation and will share additional information when it’s available.”

The collapse came as a strong thunderstorm — and, possibly, a tornado — ripped through the St Louis area.

Winds of up to 70 mph (113kph) were reported in parts of St Charles and St Louis counties in Missouri.

In rural St Charles County, Missouri, one person died and two others were injured when buildings collapsed near the town of Defiance, according to the National Weather Service.

At least three St Charles County residents were admitted to hospital and several homes in the area near Augusta, Missouri, were damaged.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said on Twitter that Illinois State Police and disaster officials were coordinating with local officials at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Edwardsville, and he was monitoring the situation.

“My prayers are with the people of Edwardsville tonight, and I’ve reached out to the mayor to provide any needed state resources,” Mr Pritzker said.

Illinois and Arkansas were among several places in the Mid-west that reported tornadoes forming or on the ground.

The storms caused additional damage as they tracked through Tennessee and into Kentucky.

Several buildings collapsed in the southern Kentucky community of Mayfield, said Sarah Burgess, a trooper with the Kentucky State Police in Mayfield.

Trooper Burgess said there were no reported deaths, however she said several people were trapped inside a damaged candle factory in Mayfield.

AP/ABC Wires/

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Dec.11: 2021:

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