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Around 50 folks had been trapped inside a FedEx distribution facility after tornadoes swept Michigan and extreme storms prompted devastation within the US Midwest.

Tornadoes ripped by way of components of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio on Tuesday night time, the National Weather Service mentioned, killing a minimum of one particular person and destroying dozens of properties.

Several components of Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri had been beneath look ahead to tornadoes as forecasters warned of looming storms that would stretch over to the following day with the opportunity of extra twisters and enormous hail.

Two tornadoes whipped up the skies within the metropolis of Portage close to Kalamazoo in southwestern Michigan. They left the town of fifty,000 folks with heavy injury, littering streets with particles of buildings, downed energy traces and timber.

At one level, downed energy traces trapped an estimated 50 folks inside a FedEx facility, native authorities mentioned as first responders tried to get them out.

FedEx spokesperson Shannon Davis confirmed late on Monday that “all team members are safe and accounted for”.

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Kalamazoo and neighbouring areas which were lashed by strong storms and hail.

Debris is seen from a damaged FedEx facility after a tornado in Portage, Michigan, on Tuesday (AP)

More than 18,000 people were left without power across Kalamazoo county, PowerOutages said.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Centre documented over 12 tornado sightings spanning from Monday evening to early Tuesday across the central region of the US.

At least eight tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma and there were sightings in Kansas, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Tennessee as well.

The storms are expected to continue for a third day with cities in Ohio and Kentucky, including Columbus, Cincinnati and Louisville, expected to face the risk of worsening weather conditions until Wednesday.

A tornado in Oklahoma levelled a third of a small city of 1,000 people and caused multiple injuries. Forecasters had warned of “a big and life-threatening twister” that was headed toward Barnsdall and the nearby town of Bartlesville.

Damage from powerful storms in Barnsdall on Tuesday (AP)

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said that up to 40 homes in the town had been damaged.

One person was killed in Barnsdall and another was missing after Monday’s twister, mayor Johnny Kelley said. Search and rescue teams launched a secondary search Tuesday morning for the missing man.

“The hardest factor on me because the mayor is it is a small group,” Mr Kelley said. “I do know 75 per cent to 80 per cent of the folks on this city.”

“The devastation is pretty substantial.”

A family sift through and recover lost items after their home was struck by a tornado (Getty)

Aerial footage confirmed dozens of properties lowered to piles of rubble and a few with their roofs ripped off.

A tornado tossed automobiles, broken timber and downed energy traces throughout the down whereas a 160-acre wax manufacturing facility suffered heavy injury.

Mr Kelly mentioned 25 folks, together with youngsters, had been rescued from collapsed and broken buildings.