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Another Devastating Tornado!

Another Devastating Tornado!

Days after we posted our condolences to victims of a string of tornadoes that claimed six lives in Northern Texas, another massive F5 tornado, a mile wide, ripped through the town of Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people and flattening everything in its path. Words can not express the depth of our sorrow for the many people there who have lost homes, family members, and friends.

I shared this information just the other day, after the Texas tornadoes, but it bears repeating: If you want to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma, you can make an online donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. If you prefer, you may donate over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by text message. Simply text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Finally, contributions can also be mailed to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

In our tornado season forecast for 2013, we predicted a heavy season of violent thunderstorms, with the possibility of a turbulent tornado season. If you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, please read our tornado safety tips.

Many of you have probably already seen this video, which went viral earlier today. CBS News was interviewing this woman, Barbara Garcia of Moore, about the destruction of her home and the loss of her pet dog, when something miraculous happened. If you haven’t seen it, just watch, and be sure to have a box of tissues handy. After that, you can see more unbelievable videos of the aftermath of this tragedy here.

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