The severe weather moving across the eastern half of the country today led to heavy tornado damage in the Houston, Texas area yesterday and power outages and downed trees farther north due to heavy snow.
Almost 40,000 customers in Texas remain without power today after Tuesday’s tornado near Houston damaged buildings, overturned large trucks and caused a train accident. Heavy rain flooded roadways, leading to stranded cars and water rescues. One of the facilities damaged was a nursing home where almost 60 residents had to be evacuated.
Heavy rain and possible flash flooding are possible today across the Gulf Coast where people in Alabama and Georgia are still recovering from tornadoes earlier this month.
RED CROSS HELPING The American Red Cross has trained disaster workers helping in Texas, providing shelter overnight and assisting with damage assessment to determine the impact of the tornado and which communities will need additional support moving forward.
Meanwhile, in Georgia and Alabama, more than 350 Red Crossers are supporting people impacted by the string of tornadoes that hit the region earlier this month. Preliminary reports indicate more than 990 homes were destroyed or heavily damaged.
The Red Cross has provided more than 1,000 shelter stays in five shelters, served more than 35,500 meals and snacks and distributed more than 27,100 relief items. Red Cross volunteers are also helping families cope during this challenging time and replacing prescription medications, eyeglasses or critical medical equipment like canes and wheelchairs.
HEAVY SNOW TO THE NORTH The National Weather Service reports regions north of the storm — stretching from Oklahoma and Arkansas to New England — will receive as much as eight inches of snow over the next several days. Gusty winds and the heavy snow could lead to power outages. More than 108,000 customers are already without power in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
The Red Cross is monitoring the storm and preparing to respond if necessary.
STAY SAFE The Red Cross has steps you should take to stay safe during this dangerous weather.
AFTER THE TORNADO Let friends and family know you’re safe. If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
WINTER WEATHER SAFETY Winter weather can bring life-threatening conditions. Stay indoors and wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight warm clothes.
STAY SAFE OUTSIDE Wear layered clothing, mittens or gloves, and a hat.
POWER OUTAGE SAFETY
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