Over 100 tornadoes touched down the weekend of April 14-15 as part of a massive storm system passing through the Midwest.
The town of Woodward, Oklahoma, was the worst hit, destroying 89 homes and 13 businesses in the community of 12,000. In Wichita, 100 homes were damaged, mostly those in trailer parks. Tornadoes touched down in many parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. 37 counties in Kansas have been declared disaster areas.
While storm season is in full swing, people are speculating whether the weather this year is abnormally severe. A Time Science article suggests that due to relatively recent trend of exhaustive storm coverage it is difficult to say. The 2012 tornado death toll has already exceeded the national average - this before May, the heaviest month for storms in mid-America.
Rigorous early warning procedures had cautioned of severe weekend weather and is thought to have spared many more injuries and deaths.
Architecture for Humanity is reaching out to local chapters for a follow up to assess needed design services.
More reading: Weekend tornadoes leave 'a royal mess' in Midwest; 6 dead, USA Today The Weekend of 100 Tornadoes: Are Killer Storms Being Fueled by Climate Change?, TimeScience Tornado Hits Wichita's Ailing Aviation Industry, NPR
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.
Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
Still want to help?
Support another project run by Architecture for Humanity that needs your help, such as: