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Natural disasters

U.S. tornadoes slam Amazon warehouse, but carmakers spared worst

Death toll tops 70 in hard-hit Kentucky, home to big Toyota plant

A mailbox remains in front of where a home once stood in Earlington, Kentucky, after an outbreak of tornadoes ripped through several U.S. states   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- More than 70 people have died after tornadoes cut a path of destruction through Kentucky and other U.S. states, adding another disruption to the economy.

While the impact on the region's automotive plants appears to have been limited, an Amazon.com facility was hit, potentially adding to logistics backups ahead of the holiday season. FedEx says it experienced substantial disruptions at its Memphis hub, heightening concern.

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