Believers ready themselves for a mean tornado and hurricane season.

By April 17, 2006

USA (MNN)–Meteorologists in the United States say the 2006 tornado season so far has been the most active of the 21rst century.

Part of the reason why, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (or NOAA), are the warm temperatures and dry conditions during the winter throughout the southern and central United States. These conditions kept water temperatures warm in the Gulf of Mexico and have thus far contributed to the violent storm systems already seen this spring.

Tornadoes have already struck hard in Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri. ACcording to the NOAA website, there have been a total of 68 tornado reports and 26 tornado fatalities in eight states, which brought the totals for the year to 355 tornado reports and 38 deaths.

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee will help with long-term recovery efforts, which include reconstruction. In the case of the early April storms, whole houses were destroyed. The needs in these communities are expected to be long term, and will require complete rebuilds.

At the same time, CRWRC is continuing to respond to the needs of survivors of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Wilma, as well as the hurricanes of 2004. They are also preparing to respond to needs that will arise this storm season, which is expected to be worse than last year.

Although seasonal forecasts of tornadoes are not possible, previous years with a very active start have produced high numbers of tornadoes throughout the year.
Typically, the busiest months for tornadoes are April, May and June.

Collaborating with local agencies, CRC teams distribute relief supplies while offering a practical testimony of the hope found in Jesus Christ.

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