Monday, May 3, 2010
American Red Cross Responds to Southern Floods
The Red Cross is busy helping many displaced families across the country right now.
High winds, tornadoes, and more than a foot of rain caused flooding, widespread infrastructure damage, road closures, and power outages across multiple southern states this weekend.
At least 14 deaths have been reported thus far: 9 due to flooding and 5 due to tornadoes. Two significant tornado episodes occurred over the weekend. One was on Friday evening in central Arkansas, with at least 6 tornadoes and 1 death and the second episode in northern Mississippi/southwest Tennessee early Sunday with at least 1 potentially long-track supercell tornado resulting in 4 deaths. Extremely heavy rainfall and historic flooding occurred across Tennessee resulting in 6 deaths due to flash flooding. Five flooding deaths were reported in Tennessee on Saturday and Sunday, 3 in Kentucky, and one death in Arkansas on Friday.
People can send a $10 donation to help those affected by disasters across the country by texting ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999