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Red Cross sheltering, feeding in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus

DIsaster victims in North Carolina get help from Red Cross

The American Red Cross has an ongoing response to severe weather across 11 states in the country.

In North Carolina, the western part of the state was hit hard in Murphy and Hiwassee Dam and the Red Cross has opened a shelter there. Locally, severe weather caused damage in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties. The Red Cross was on the ground immediately, providing food, drinks, clean-up supplies and emotional support to those affected.

Preliminary Damage Assessment numbers:

Cabarrus: 49 houses total; 14 major, 4 destroyed

Mecklenburg: 132 houses total; 8 major; 3 destroyed

The Red Cross has set up two shelters in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg:

Hickory Ridge High School - will close at 1 p.m. Sunday

7321 Raging Ridge Road

Harrisburg, NC 28075

North Ridge Elementary School

7601 The Plaza

Charlotte, NC 28215

Numbers at a glance:

Shelter residents: 20

Meals served: 555

Snacks served: 550

Comfort kits provided (basic toiletries): 48

Bulk items distributed (including cleaning supplies): 763

Volunteers and staff on the ground: 52

Weather experts reported as many as 95 confirmed tornadoes touched down across the country, destroying communities from the Great Lakes to the Southeast. Friday night, the Red Cross opened or supported 22 shelters in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Follow safety steps.

  • As people begin to deal with the aftermath of the tornadoes, the Red Cross reminds people they should return to their neighborhood only when officials say it is safe to do so. They should also:
  • Stay out of damaged buildings and immediately report any fallen power lines or broken gas lines to the utility companies.
  • Use flashlights, not candles when examining buildings. If someone smells gas or hears a hissing noise, they should open a window, get everyone out of the building immediately and call the gas company or fire department.
  • More tornado safety information is available on the Preparedness Section on

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