1 hr 34 min agoUS Navy veteran died during tornado at Amazon warehouse in IllinoisFrom CNN’s Paul P. Murphy
(Family of Clayton Cope)The family of Clayton Cope, a 29-year-old US Navy veteran, confirmed to CNN that he died when a tornado hit an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Friday evening.
Carla Cope, Clayton’s mother, told CNN that her son was, “a really good kid.” He would have turned 30 on Dec. 27, she said.
“He loved to hang out with his friends,” she said. “He was big-hearted; he would do anything for anybody.”Clayton, like many of the men in the Cope family, spent six years serving in the US Navy, Carla said. He worked as a calibration specialist on aircraft carriers, she said.
Clayton had worked for Amazon for just over a year as a maintenance mechanic, Carla said. His father also worked at the facility in the same position.
“Had [Clay] not been there, my husband would have,” she said.
Carla last spoke with Clay shortly before the tornado. She told him that the storm was coming and remembers him talking to someone else nearby telling him they needed to go make sure other employees knew, as well.
2 hr 6 min agoKentucky governor confirms 3 and 5-year-old are among victims of weekend stormFrom CNN’s Gregory Lemos
The governor of Kentucky confirmed a 3-year-old and 5-year-old are among the victims of this weekend’s deadly storms.
“I know we’ve lost a number of kids,” Gov. Andy Beshear said Sunday on CBS “Face the Nation.” “This tornado didn’t discriminate. Anybody in its path, even if they were trying to be safe, again, just like nothing we’ve ever seen before.”Beshear said the 3-year-old lived in Graves County and the five-year-old in Muhlenberg County.
The state has opened its state parks as well as 11 shelters to impacted residents. The governor said only six shelters remain open as Kentuckians house family and strangers, in some cases.
Beshear reiterated the storm caused “massive damage” and “devastation like none of us have ever seen before.”
“When this tornado hit, it didn’t just rip off a roof. It obliterated houses, just totally gone,” he said.
Beshear said a fund has been set up for impacted residents in the western part of the state as rebuilding efforts commence.
2 hr 14 min agoAmazon employees were given an 11-minute warning before tornado ripped through warehouseFrom CNN’s Gregory Lemos
Recovery operations continue on Sunday, December 12, after the partial collapse of an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Edwardsville, Illinois. (Tim Vizer/AFP/Getty Images)A tornado warning siren sounded 11 minutes prior to a powerful storm ripping through an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Friday, according to a company representative.
“Managers were on the loudspeakers telling people to get to the shelter-in-place area. They were also being guided by other managers and other employees who were trying to get everybody to that safe location,” Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel told CNN affiliate KSDK Sunday morning.She said employees sheltered in two different unspecified safe areas.
Nantel said dispatchers also contacted Amazon delivery drivers in the area as well and told them to shelter-in-place.
Six people were killed at the facility as a result of the tornado, CNN previously reported.
The company is donating one million dollars to a local foundation for recovery efforts in the local community, Nantel said.
“It’s really important to us as a company that we take care of not just our employees but our employees who lost their loved ones in this tragic event – their families as well as the community as a whole,” Nantel said.
Nantel said the company is working with both employees and the families who lost loved ones, “because we want to understand what they need as well.”
2 hr 22 min agoArkansas governor says it’s “a miracle” only one nursing home resident died from the stormsFrom CNN’s Gregory Lemos
This Saturday, December 11 satellite photo provided by Maxar shows a close-up view of Monette Manor Nursing Home and other homes after a tornado caused heavy damage in the area, in Monette, Arkansas. (©2021 Maxar Technologies/AP)Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson called the fact that only one person died after a tornado devastated a Monette nursing home, “a miracle.”
“As I went to that facility, it was like heaven sucked up the roof and all the contents of it. And it’s just a miracle with 67 residents that we only lost one there. And that’s because of the heroic efforts by the staff and also the fact that we had 20 minutes of warning,” Hutchinson told CNN.A tornado siren sounding 20 minutes before the storm hit allowed staff at the nursing homes to move residents into the hallways, he said.
“Preparation makes a big difference. The investments in those early warning systems saved a lot of lives in this instance,” the governor told Jake Tapper Sunday morning.
The death toll remains at two in the state after one person was killed in Monette at the nursing home and one in Leachville after a store was struck in deadly fashion, the governor previously said.
Hutchinson said he flew over portions of the state devastated by the weekend’s powerful storms and described “swaths of houses” that were leveled.
“As you fly over some of the communities that are impacted, there’s swaths of houses that are destroyed, people are displaced,” he said.
Asked if the state of Arkansas is getting what it needs resource-wise from the federal government, Hutchinson said, “We are.”
3 hr 27 min agoFEMA chief says powerful storms are the “new normal” in era of climate changeFrom CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Allie Malloy
(CNN)Powerful storms like the ones that tore through parts of the central United States this weekend are the “new normal” in an era of climate change, the top feder
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