One of those tornados, which was measured as an EF3 on the Fujita scale, destroyed the small town of Reading, KS. An estimated 200 homes have been damaged, 20 of which were completely destroyed, and at least one person has been confirmed dead, with another five injured.
I love being able to follow storms around and photograph them. It's an awe-inspiring experience to get close to a big funnel cloud or capture a picture of intense lightning. The worst thing, however, is when the weather you are chasing starts causing serious home damage or injury to the people in its path. I ask you all to make a donation to the storm relief efforts in whatever way you can - whether it's your time, money, old clothes, food or other items.
One way to make a donation is through The Salvation Army. Simply text the word ARMY to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. Designate the donation “Reading Tornado”. To donate online, go to www.salvationarmy.us.
You can also donate to non-profit agencies working in the area at www.ksready.gov.