As many as 26 tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa, according to the National Weather Service. Hardest hit is Oklahoma, where severe tornadoes ripped through several counties, destroying or damaging hundreds of homes and leaving as many as 35,000 in the dark. The Governor declared a state of emergency in 16 counties. The Red Cross is supporting first responders and is providing shelter, food, distributing relief items and clean-up supplies and working with local and state officials to ensure people get the help they need.
The Red Cross is also helping in Kansas, Iowa and Missouri, where storms left more than 71,000 people without power. Meanwhile, the response continues following last week’s tornadoes in Texas, where the Red Cross is still operating shelters and providing food, relief items as well as health and mental health services.
MORE STORMS POSSIBLE Meanwhile, the National Weather Service warns that the threat of severe weather continues today for millions of people in communities from Texas to the Great Lakes, moving eastward as far as the Gulf Coast and Northeast on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“These are dangerous storms and we urge people to monitor the situation closely and be alert for severe weather warnings in their community,” said Trevor Riggen, vice president of Disaster Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. ”Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property and people should be prepared to go immediately underground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom)."
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FOX 32 News @fox32news3m
UPDATE: 2 dead, at least 39 injured after tornadoes slam Midwest bit.ly/12pdbtI #weather
Tornado hit near my parents' farm, on Argo Fay Road. Also, it doesn't get much more country than "Argo Fay Road".
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Confirmed tornado on the ground near Argo Fay, IL. pic.twitter.com/VygaHaqzti http://fb.me/27P5KYU3I
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Reports of Tornado In Thomson, IL last night. Damages to buidlings in Chadwick and Argo Fay, IL. STORY: http://bit.ly/14nrO2J
247 Weather Center @247Weather
Nearly 500 severe weather reports yesterday across the midwest. Here's the specifics... http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/yesterday.html …