Violent spring weather has continued to wreak havoc on the nation’s midsection with a series of recent tornadoes stretching from Oklahoma to Kentucky.
Seven tornadoes struck mostly rural Oklahoma communities, killing two people and leaving about five towns with 25-30 damaged homes each. One tornado registered as a powerful EF4, which can have winds up to 260 miles per hour. The last EF4 registered in the United States occurred in Dallas, Texas, Dec. 26, 2015, killing 10.
The storm system continued east to Kentucky and on May 10 caused EF3 tornadoes in Mayfield, Greenville, Morganfield and Hartford that injured 10 people.
Both the Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) responded with services ranging from food distribution to chainsaw crews for cleanup and tarping units that temporarily covered damaged roofs.
SBDR leaders estimated that their response teams would spend four to 10 days in western Kentucky communities.
Please pray for the many families of Oklahoma and Kentucky as they recover from these tornadoes and labor to rebuild their property and lives over the coming weeks and months.
The article above is a simple summary of these news articles:
Weather Channel: State of Emergency Declared for 15 Oklahoma Counties After Tornadoes Strike: EF4 Confirmed in Katie
ABC: Tornadoes Kill 2, Destroy Homes in Rural Oklahoma
CNN: Oklahoma tornadoes leave 2 dead
The Salvation Army: Salvation Army Prepared to Respond in the Face of Severe Weather