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Some Amazon Deliveries Delayed After Baltimore Facility Damaged By Tornado

05 November 2018, 11:00 | Kelvin Horton

4Credit Rachel Wyatt

4Credit Rachel Wyatt

Amazon said on Saturday two people were killed when part of a distribution warehouse collapsed in severe weather in Baltimore.

A 50-by-50-foot wall collapsed at the facility, which is located in southeast Baltimore, at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday.

It took rescue crews all night to find the second victim after searching through piles of concrete.

Fire department chief Roman Clark told the Baltimore Sun that a 15-metre wall collapsed as a storm hit the area.

The warehouse collapse happened at a loading dock area at the Amazon sorting center, Amazon said. Both people were third party contractors and not Amazon employees.

Amazon spokesman Dave Clark, the senior vice president of operations, said in a statement Saturday: "The safety of our employees and contractors is our top priority and at this time the building remains closed".

Officials are unaware of any other injuries but are continuing to assess the scene.

The National Weather Service reports the tornado Friday night packed winds peaking at around 105 mph (169 kph) and traveled 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) through Baltimore.

Roofs were reported to have been blown off apartment buildings in Dundalk, Maryland, while sections of ceilings were said to have fallen in at the Twin Arch Shopping Center's TJ Maxx and HomeGoods store. "Our thoughts go out to all families impacted by this evening's severe weather".

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