Four dead in Illinois after massive tornado strikes Amazon warehouse

Please enable Javascript to watch this video A massive tornado slammed into a massive Amazon warehouse in southern Illinois on Tuesday, killing four people and injuring seven. On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared…

Four dead in Illinois after massive tornado strikes Amazon warehouse

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A massive tornado slammed into a massive Amazon warehouse in southern Illinois on Tuesday, killing four people and injuring seven.

On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared a state of emergency for the Will County area where the deadly tornado struck.

The heavy rains caused power outages, road closures and flooded basements. Crews began assessing the damage on Tuesday night and began cleanup on Wednesday.

And they’ll be keeping an eye on the skies to see whether more tornadoes are headed for the area.

After the deadly storm struck on Tuesday afternoon, the warehouse “performed as expected” with no further damage reported, the company said.

“Our primary focus right now is to support our team members at our affected fulfillment center by providing them with support, facilities and resources,” Amazon said in a statement to CNN.

“In the coming days, we will continue to assess the damage and work with local first responders to restore power, and open the building where our team members work so they can resume their work.”

LeRoy Coleman, the coroner for Will County, told CNN that three of the victims died at the scene, while one man died a short time later.

One employee, Jose Moran, posted a note on Facebook begging fellow employees to be careful. Moran had survived a 2011 tornado, according to his post.

“Please be careful out there for everyone’s safety. This was my first time working in an Amazon facility but I’m sure it won’t be my last,” Moran wrote.

The warehouse is located in Robbins, Illinois, between Chicago and St. Louis.

In 2011, the same area was ravaged by an EF-4 tornado that killed 29 people.

While there was no immediate word about the size of Tuesday’s storm, the tornado that hit in 2011 measured an estimated 156 mph and was the second-most powerful twister to hit the United States that year.

The announcement came on the same day that a massive forest fire burned in several California counties, forcing hundreds to evacuate.

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