At least two people were killed Friday, five were injured and many were trapped after a nursing home in northeastern Arkansas was hit by a tornado, US media reported, citing a local official.
The tornado that struck the nursing home in Monet City, near the border with neighboring Tennessee, was one of many created in the area, according to local television network KAIT.
“Twenty people are trapped in Monette Manor at the moment and we have two confirmed victims,” Kreghed County Judge Marvin Day told CNN.
There are also reports that another nursing home in Truman has also been damaged, with fire and rescue crews rushing to the scene, KAIT reported.
The strong storm that has been raging in the central US states since late Friday has caused at least two tornadoes, according to officials.
Extreme weather conditions stretch from the Mississippi Valley to central Ohio, and the U.S. Meteorological Agency has issued strong warnings for tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.