Midwest Tornadoes: Fast Facts

Deadly tornadoes ripped through at least six US states. Learn more about the Midwest tornadoes and how to help survivors through community-led relief efforts.


1. Six states were struck by the deadly Midwest tornadoes.

Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi were among the states the tornadoes tore through. Nearly 30 tornadoes were part of a weather system that also brought snowfall to parts of the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes.
Source: CNN + The Weather Channel

2. The death toll from the Midwest tornadoes is nearly 90—and rising.

Kentucky suffered the highest death toll with at least 74 people killed. Gov. Andy Beshear said that number could continue to climb after what he called the “most devastating tornado event” in Kentucky’s history. At least four people were killed in Tenessee, and two deaths were reported in Arkansas, including one person who was killed at a nursing home. Six deaths were reported in Illinois, and two people died in Missouri.

Homes, churches, a candle factory, and an Amazon warehouse were among the structures the tornadoes ripped apart across the Midwest and South. The tornadoes also set buildings on fire and pushed a train with dozens of empty rail cars off of its tracks.
Source: NPR + ABC News

3. Thousands are still without power.

As of Monday morning, about 26,000 homes were still experiencing power outages in Kentucky. In Tennessee, nearly 10,000 customers were without power, according to reports compiled by
Source: The New York Times

[Support community-led recovery with a donation to GlobalGiving’s Midwest US Tornado Relief Fund.]


4. GlobalGiving partners are already on the ground to help survivors access food, shelter, and other emergency services.

GlobalGiving’s Disaster Response Team is working with responding partners to meet the immediate needs of people who survived the Midwest tornadoes and first responders. Once urgent needs are met, the GlobalGiving Midwest US Tornado Relief Fund will transition to support community-led, long-term recovery efforts as needed.
Source: GlobalGiving Midwest US Tornado Relief Fund

5. Cash is the best way to help people in need during a natural disaster like the Midwest tornadoes.

Why? Survivors’ needs vary greatly throughout the life cycle of recovery. Some will require financial support, medical care, and psychological assistance years down the road. You can learn more about the importance of cash donations in this infographic.
Source: GlobalGiving + USAID Center for International Disaster Information

Support people in communities hit hardest by the Midwest tornadoes through GlobalGiving and fuel community-led recovery.


Featured Photo: People work at the scene of a train derailment after a devastating outbreak of tornadoes ripped through several US states in Earlington, Kentucky, US, December 11, 2021. by REUTERS/Cheney Orr

Note: This article was originally published on Dec. 11, 2021 and last updated on Dec. 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

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