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93 dead in 5 states: Tornado victims need our help


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Tonight, a special episode of the Carolina Weather Group: The latest on the tornado outbreak across 5 states, an inside look at those stories of those impacted, and ways for you to help this holiday season.

The tornadoes collapsed an occupied candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, an Amazon warehouse near Edwardsville, Illinois, and a nursing home in Monette, Arkansas.

The people of Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri need our help.

A strong storm system moving across the central and southern United States resulted in widespread severe weather across the region on December 10 and 11. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed 61 tornadoes as of Dec. 20, and several long track tornadoes. Chief among them was the Quad State Tornado, which lasted over 350 miles and over 8 hours.

Overall, the storms traveled from Arkansas towards the Great Lakes. The most significant damage occurred in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Kentucky. Eight states reported tornadoes during the event. The NWS received nearly 400 reports of large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes across the area.

ABC News reports at least 93 people were killed across five states: 78 in Kentucky; six in Illinois; five in Tennessee, after the Associated Press reported an additional death on Saturday; two in Arkansas; and two in Missouri.

The American Red Cross is making it easy to send a quick $10 donation simply by texting “REDCROSS” addressed to the number, 90999. Other donations can be made by calling 800-733-2767 or visiting online.

The Salvation Army has set up a disaster relief fund for the tornado victims:

North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse:

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced a state tornado relief fund:


The Carolina Weather Group operates a weekly talk show of the same name. Broadcasting each week from the Carolinas, the show is dedicated to covering weather, science, technology, and more with newsmakers from the field of atmospheric science. With co-hosts across both North Carolina and South Carolina, the show may closely feature both NC weather and SC weather, but the topics are universally enjoyable for any weather fan. Join us as we talk about weather, environment, the atmosphere, space travel, and all the technology that makes it possible.


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