Kansas Tornado Outbreak 2007
The Kansas Tornado Outbreak of 2007 refers to to a series of tornadoes that hit the central US in May of 2007. During the outbreak, 123 tornadoes had been confirmed to have appeared during a two day period. The most destructive tornado was the one that hit Greensburg in western Kansas on May 4th. On that day 95% of the city was destroyed and after the event the city was declared unsafe, all the residents were displaced. There are 14 confirmed deaths for the tornado outbreak, this surpassed the deaths for the 2003 Tornado Outbreak. Damages for the tornadoes are estimated at $280 Million. There was also extra damage done to surrounding areas due to the strong winds like fallen power lines and some flooding. The governor of Kansas Kathleen Sebelius declared the affected county a disaster area and the Kansas National Guard was called in. The American Red Cross currently under Chairman Bonnie Hunter joined the relief effort for the disaster and supplied emergency supplies and set up shelters for displaced residents. It had also set up a “Safe and Well” list on their website.