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.
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More tornado safety information is available on the Preparedness Section on www.redcross.org
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