Tornadoes pound Midwest; World Vision prepares response

World Vision is positioned to support local partners serving storm-affected communities, in the wake of deadly tornadoes that slammed 10 Midwest states.

By John Iwasaki, World Vision U.S.
Published November 18, 2013 at 09:15pm PST

Two days after deadly tornadoes slammed through the Midwest, World Vision’s national disaster response team is monitoring the situation and preparing to respond.

World Vision has relief supplies ready at the organization’s Chicago warehouse and is contacting its Illinois partners to arrange distribution.

Twisters hit 10 states

More than 80 tornadoes were reported Sunday, with high winds and tornadoes pounding at least 10 states. Six people in Illinois were directly killed by the storm, with two additional storm-related deaths reported in Michigan.

The number of homes damaged or destroyed could number in the hundreds. More than 400,000 residents were without power across the disaster area.

Hardest hit was the town of Washington, an Illinois community of 16,000 residents that was reportedly hit by an EF-4 tornado with winds of more than 170 mph, leveling entire blocks. Washington is about 140 miles southwest of Chicago.

“The devastation is just unbelievable,” Washington Mayor Gary Manier told the Chicago Tribune, estimating that as many as 500 homes may have been damaged in his town. “I can’t imagine people walked away from these places.”

Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn declared seven counties disaster areas: Champaign, Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Tazewell, Washington, and Woodford.

How you can help

Pray for children, families, and communities affected by the recent tornadoes. Pray that those impacted by the tornadoes would find the help they need.

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