April 27- 30, 2014

Our hearts go out to the many families and communities who have suffered through the devastating tornadoes over the last few days.

We send our prayers and wishes for healing, for renewal, and for recovery from all the losses you have experienced.

Tornadoes Tear Paths Through the Plains, South and Midwest

Multiple strong tornadoes tore paths through Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Alabama, smashing towns and causing death and destruction.

What started out as a weak tornado season seems to have turned on a dime in one big weekend. The towns of Quapaw, Oklahoma, Baxter Springs, Kansas, Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas, and Tupulo, Mississippi were particularly hard hit. Most of the deaths occurred in Arkansas.

You can read more about it here and here, and here.

The threat is not over yet. More tornadoes are possible through Wednesday.

Red Cross Tornado App

The Red Cross has cell phone apps for a number of emergency situations, one of which is a tornado app. Not only does it help you prepare for a tornado, it can be set up to alert you when you are under a tornado warning. There are both iPhone and Android versions.

It is free and can be downloaded from iTunes or Google play.

You can read more about it and how to set up alerts

Palm Sunday

Today, Palm Sunday 2014, will hopefully not experience the same kind of weather that they had on Palm Sunday in 1920 (March 28th) or 1965 (April 11th-12th).

The outbreak on April 11th and 12th, 1965 was the second deadliest outbreak up to that time, with 271 people killed in the Midwestern states of Iowa, Illinois,Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
You can read more about it here, here, and here.

Washington, Illinois Still Trying to Recover

Clean-up after tornadoes can take a long time

Last weekend, dozens of Moline High School students spent the day helping some fellow Illinoisans clean up after the November 17th, 2013 tornado that went through Washington, Illinois.

Watch video of their efforts here.

The intense, EF 4 tornado, part of an outbreak that passed through Illinois, Missouri and Indiana, killed three people in Washington and ripped the town apart.

Photos of the damage from the outbreak can be seen here and some video of the tornado and its aftermath can be seen here. Note: some videos have been withdrawn.