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Deadly Tornadoes Strike South, OBI Responds With Aid

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. - Beginning Tuesday, deadly F4 tornados ripped through several states in the mid-South, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

"We were upstairs and I heard a big roaring sound," said local resident and tornado survivor, Roneisha. "I just grabbed my kids and ran down the steps and as soon as we got down there, (the storm) swept over us."

During the last 48 hours, severe storms and tornados have claimed the lives of at least 55 people making this the deadliest in U.S. history in more than 20 years, according to published reports.

Operation Blessing responded early Wednesday morning, partnering with local churches to help supply aid to people in need. Kerosene heaters were distributed to help fight off the bitter cold, where temperatures dropped into the low 30s last night.

The tornados left a path of death that spanned four states: four people killed in Alabama, 13 in Arkansas, seven in Kentucky and 31 in Tennessee.The storms came so quickly, some residents received little to no warning. Besides pummeled housing and building structures, fires erupted and water damage blanketed existing structures.

Trucks from OBI's Hunger Strike Force are en route to the disaster scene to deliver personal hygiene supplies, diapers, feminine products and other toiletries.

HOW YOU CAN HELP Be a part to help OBI bring disaster relief efforts to those affected by the recent tornadoes by making an on-line donation today. With your support, OBI can continue to bring emergency food, water and medical care to those recovering from these deadly storms. Please pray for the people of the tornado affected communities.