In Edwardsville, Illinois, an Amazon warehouse partially collapsed, leaving workers trapped inside. Police Chief Mike Fillback confirmed at least two people died inside the warehouse and rescue efforts are underway to get people out, though it’s going slowly out of caution for the safety of the first responders on the scene.”It’s an utter disaster,” Fillback told reporters. “You have concrete, and you have things hanging. It’s quite windy outside, so things are unstable.”Amazon spokesperson Richard Rocha described the situation as a “devastating tragedy.””Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with the victims, their loved ones, and everyone impacted. This is a devastating tragedy for our Amazon family and our focus is on supporting our employees and partners,” Rocha said in a statement to CNN.
Widespread Power Outages Reported as Severe Weather Continues
Once again… thank you to every first responder ⛑ out there helping these tornado victims. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected. Y’all please be safe
— jakeowen.eth (@jakeowen) December 11, 2021
At least 254,000 customers are reported to be without power across Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Arkansas as the threat of severe weather is expected to continue throughout the weekend.Of those customers experiencing outages, over 130,000 are in Tennessee alone, according to PowerOutages.US.