Des Plaines, Illinois (November 17, 2013)—Severe weather throughout the Midwestern US began early Sunday afternoon, with tornadoes tearing through several cities.
According to CNN.com, at least one person* died in Nashville, Illinois, as a result of the severe storms, said Patti Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Nearly 50 tornadoes had been reported throughout the region as of 4 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
As of 3:10 p.m. (CST) Captain Jeff Carr of The Salvation Army in Peoria, Illinois reported that canteens (mobile kitchens) had been deployed to three nearby areas, including Washington, IL, which was heavily damaged. Carr also reported that The Salvation Army had opened a shelter in Pekin, IL.
Additionally, Major David Dalberg, Emergency and Disaster Service Director for The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Chicago Division reported that canteens were responding to damaged areas in Will County, IL, near Chicago.
At the time of the writing of this bulletin, there are tornadoes reported in Kentucky and Indiana. The weather pattern is expected to continue moving into Michigan and Ohio. The Salvation Army is already on the ground and prepared to help disaster survivors.
*This number has since been updated to 6.
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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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