As the country begins to welcome the summer season, it is clear that no region is spared the threat of severe weather.
After making landfall as a tropical storm in Florida, Tropical Depression Beryl continues to drop heavy rain and thunderstorms along the Carolina coast. This is a welcome event for the drought-stricken region, but one that also increases the chance for flooding.
Severe weather moved through the Northeast and Southern Plains on Tuesday, bringing severe thunderstorms, high winds and hail, primarily affecting New York and Oklahoma. Thousands of homes lost power in those states, and severe weather—including the possibility of tornadoes—continues to be a threat across the Plains today.
The American Red Cross opened one shelter in New Hampshire on Tuesday due to flooding, and was on alert when a tornado warning was issued in Vermont, a rare occurrence for that state.
Meanwhile, hot, dry weather has sparked wildfires in Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico and many other states. The fire in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest is uncontained and has burned more than 170,000 acres so far. Mandatory evacuations are in place for several hundred residents in the area.
As always, the Red Cross is closely monitoring severe weather conditions currently affecting the country, and is ready to respond if needed.
To get more information on how you can prepare yourself and your family for disasters and other emergencies, read more of our Preparedness Fast Facts.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.