Jeff Bezos slammed for rocket launch praise as 6 Amazon staff die after Tornado

Billionaire Jeff Bezos has been slammed for celebrating Blue Origin's space launch hours after six workers died inside an Amazon warehouse when a deadly tornado hit.

The Amazon boss has come under fire for praising the return of his latest rocket crew when at least 18 tornadoes ripped through the South and Midwest on Friday night.

There are current reports at least 70 people have been killed across the US in the disaster, including six in an Amazon warehouse which saw part of the roof and one of its large walls collapse when the cyclone hit Edwardsville in Illinois.

Another 50 people were said to be trapped under the debris, although it remains unclear how many were stuck in the football-field-sized rubble on Saturday following the powerful storms.

This morning, police have confirmed six people died in the Amazon warehouse, 45 rescued and one person airlifted to hospital. Crews are unaware how many people are unaccounted for and Amazon doesn't know how many people were inside the building at the time, reports KMOV.

After the devastating tornadoes, Amazon released a statement saying: "Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with the victims, their loved ones, and everyone impacted."

"This is a devastating tragedy for our Amazon family and our focus is on supporting our employees and partners."

On Saturday, hours after the tragedy that rocked the US south, Bezos was in West Texas greeting crew onboard the New Shephard rocket after it landed from its ten-minute long flight.

He posted a photo on his Instagram before space voyage smiling: "Happy crew this morning in the training center."

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Bezos did not mention the loss of his employees' lives after the tornadoes, causing social media users to hit back at the CEO.

One Twitter user retweeted a video of Bezos celebrating with Strahan after the rocket landed, saying: 'It's really sickening, if you want my honest opinion.

"Jeff Bezos has said absolutely NOTHING on the lives lost at his facility in Illinois after a catastrophic tornado left numerous workers trapped.

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'But sure, go play wannabe spacemen for 10 minutes. Unreal.'

Aother tweeted: "Instead of celebrating the absurd space hobby of Jeff Bezos (now worth $198 billion) maybe, just maybe, the corporate media might want to ask Mr. Bezos why Amazon forced its employees back to work during tornado warnings that left at least two dead."

The latest reports state at least 18 tornadoes travelled through the US overnight alongside thunderstorms, lightning and strong gales.

A super cell storm formed in northeast Arkansas and moved to Missouri before Tennessee and Kentucky.

One of the deadly tornadoes is estimated to have a damage path of more than 200 miles, which would be near or exceed the all-time global record.

Mayfield, in Kentucky, has been named the epicentre of the deadly path, where entire blocks were flattened and the courthouse tower shattered.

Houses and buildings were twisted and ripped part with broken tree limbs and debris scattered across the streets.

"We're deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family passed away as a result of the storm in Edwardsville," said Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel in a statement to the Daily Mail.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and everyone impacted by the storm.

"We also want to thank all the first responders for their ongoing efforts on scene. We're continuing to provide support to our employees and partners in the area," added Nantel.

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