2 dead, 5 injured as tornado hits nursing home in Arkansas; up to 100 trapped in Amazon warehouse in Illinois

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP/WNCN) –A tornado ripped through a nursing home in Arkansas Friday night, killing two people and injuring five others, an official said.

Meanwhile, another possible tornado wrecked an Amazon warehouse, trapping up to 100 workers inside in Illinois about 25 miles west of St. Louis late Friday night, KTVI reported.

Craighead County Judge Marvin Day told KAIT-TV that at least 20 people were trapped in a nursing home after the tornado struck the Monette Manor area. A call by The Associated Press to the county office wasn’t immediately returned.

The TV station reported that emergency crews from Trumann, and police and firefighters from Jonesboro were headed to the area to assist.

The nursing home has about 90 beds.

Meanwhile, KTVI reported that multiple workers are trapped at an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, following a massive structural collapse Friday night, according to authorities.

KMOV reported about a third of the Amazon warehouse was torn down and damaged from either straight-line winds or a tornado.

Severe weather has been moving through the area, including a confirmed tornado that touched down in Edwardsville around 8:30 p.m.

The collapse came as a strong thunderstorm, and possibly a tornado, ripped through the St. Louis area. Winds of up to 70 mph were reported in parts of St. Charles and St. Louis counties in Missouri. At least three St. Charles County residents were hospitalized and several homes in the area near Augusta, Missouri, were damaged.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also tweeted Friday night that a tornado had struck in Mississippi County.

There were several reports of tornadoes spotted or on the ground in parts of the Midwest.

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