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Storms across the heartland

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By Michelle Malkin  •  May 23, 2011 10:31 AM

The Midwest has been devastated by tornadoes over the past week. The death toll is nearing triple-digits — and the danger is far from over.

Please keep your fellow Americans in your thoughts and prayers:

Rescue workers today searched for victims of fierce storms that ripped through several Midwestern states this weekend, killing at least 89 people in Joplin, Mo., where a devastating tornado touched down and left trapped survivors still crying out for help this morning.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Sunday evening and activated the Missouri National Guard in response to the destruction.

…There is fear of gas explosions in the storm’s aftermath and authorities are telling people not to light any cigarettes because so many gas pipes are broken, causing concern that what’s left of Joplin might go up in flames, KODE reported.

…In total, 70 tornadoes were produced by the storm system since Friday, including at least 47 tornadoes Sunday. Tornadoes were reported in seven states from the Canadian border to Oklahoma. Warnings and watches were posted from Texas to Michigan.

…Earlier Sunday, tornadoes had torn across other parts of the region, killing at least one person in Minneapolis

HOW TO HELP:

Financial donations to The Salvation Army disaster relief efforts may be made by texting the word ARMY to 90999 for an automatic $10 donation. To make a credit card donation, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to SalvationArmy.us. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111.

The Red Cross has said they are in need of blood donations. Those interested can donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

Donations can be made at RedCross.org.

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