Severe thunderstorms and flash flooding are expected in the Midwest and parts of the Plains over the weekend. The American Red Cross is already on the ground across the Midwest after 27 tornadoes and numerous severe storms ripped through the middle of the country earlier this week. The severe weather destroyed numerous homes, caused several fatalities and numerous injuries.
In Wisconsin, a tornado severely damaged a mobile home park in Barron County and the Red Cross opened a reception center and shelter to help those affected. A tornado also damaged as many as 40 homes in part of Elk City, Oklahoma and the Red Cross is working with local and state officials to determine what help is needed. In Kansas, a tornado hit several parts of Barton County, damaging homes in that area. The Red Cross opened a shelter and is on the scene in Kansas.
SEVERE WEATHER PREDICTED The National Weather Service predicts an enhanced risk of more severe weather in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Kansas and parts of Texas. The storms could bring more tornadoes, damaging wind and very large hail. Heavy rain has been reported in Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.
HOW TO STAY SAFE
Use these links for full safety information if you are in the path of these storms:
EMERGENCY APP People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, severe weather and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
HOW YOU CAN HELP Please click, text or call to donate to the Red Cross to help people affected by disasters big and small. Every single donation brings hope to those in need. Make a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift. Help people affected by disasters like tornadoes and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. These gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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