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By: SiliconExpert on December 15th, 2021

Tracking U.S. Tornadoes’ Effect on Supply Chain

Tornadoes swept across the Midwest US this week, causing fatalities and massive destruction on key manufacturing hubs, including General Motors, Amazon, Toyota, and FedEx. 

The death toll rose to 74 in Kentucky this week, following a series of fatal tornadoes that hit multiple US states including Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri. These storms also impacted major US manufacturing and distribution plants, causing delays in shipment of Amazon and FedEx goods as well as disruptions in automobile production. 

We’ve put together a list of businesses reporting damage and disruptions that impact global electronics supply chain below.  

  • General Motors Co. halted production of the Chevrolet Corvette at its Bowling Green, KY Assembly plant to repair damages caused by a fire caused by the tornadoes.
  • Amazon distribution center in Edwardsville, IL suffered damage by having its roof ripped and causing 11-inch-thick concrete walls to collapse on themselves, killing six people. 
  • FedEx reported damage to its logistics hub in Memphis, Tennessee. 
  • Toyota Motor largest North American plant is located in KY. No damage has yet to be reported, but that the company was still assessing any impact on its supply chain. 

Image: Mangled building material is wrapped around a tree amid after the a tornado struck Mayfield, Kentucky, on December 11. Photo by JOHN AMIS/AFP via Getty Images

Get Critical Supply Chain Event Alerts 

To help supply chain managers stay ahead of shipping and distribution disruptions, we’ve created Supply Chain Module that analyzes industry-impacting news and creates a risk score for components. Especially in today’s volatile market, where natural disasters or government regulations can create huge disruptions in the delivery of electronics parts, it’s necessary to have quicker access to supply chain news and a risk evaluation on whether it affects your product or not. We also supply a list of other manufacturers in case some parts need to be rerouted to avoid delays in shipment. 

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Photo by Drone Base/REUTERS

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