Lots of people trapped, two dead as tornado hits retirement home in Arkansas -media

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (Reuters) – Around 20 people were trapped in a nursing home in northeast Arkansas on Friday after being struck by a tornado that left two people dead and five injured, media reported, citing a county official.

The tornado that struck the retirement home in the town of Monette was part of a series of tornadoes in the area, including one in the nearby town of Truman, according to KAIT, a subsidiary of NBC broadcaster in Jonesboro.

Linda Knapp, a certified nursing assistant who worked at Monette Manor nursing home as a devastating swarm of tornadoes ravaged six U.S. states destroyed the complex, pauses while observing damage in Monette, Arkansas, U.S. United, December 11, 2021. Joe Rondone / USA TODAY NETWORK via REUTERS

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He quoted the official, Judge Marvin Day of Craighead County, as saying that two people were killed, five injured and at least 20 trapped in the Monette Manor nursing home near the Tennessee border.

A nursing home in Truman was also reportedly damaged, with fire and rescue teams heading to the area, he added.

The U.S. National Weather Service issued tornado warnings Friday night for areas in several states, including Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois.

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Report by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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