A tornado watch was active for the southern counties of Arkansas during the morning of Sunday, February 10th, Mardi Gras weekend. While the watch timed out for the state, Mississippi would find itself under numerous tornado warnings Sunday afternoon.
By nightfall, four storms, two EF-1, and EF-2 and a three quarter mile wide EF-4 tornado packing winds of 170mph had destroyed or caused major damage to more than 1,000 homes and buildings on the University of Southern Mississippi. It also destroyed the American Red Cross Southern Mississippi Chapter's building in Hattiesburg.
A dozen Disaster Responders from across Arkansas are at work at the American Red Cross Field Service Warehouse in Hattiesburg, making a total of 300 responders from across the country on the ground to help.
Red Cross care includes mobile feeding to damaged neighborhoods to residents, damage and individual need assessments, mental and physical health checks to name a few.
Severe weather watches and warnings almost weekly are reminders of the need to always stay aware of impending severe weather.
An easy way to track tornado watches and warnings, as well as flood and winter weather watches and warnings, is to download the Red Cross Hurricane app from your app store, or call **REDCROSS to receive a text to your phone with the link.