The American Red Crossis on the ground across six states, helping people affected byrecord severe storms, flooding and tornadoes which hit the southernPlains and Mississippi Valley regions.

More than 230 people sought refuge from the storms Sunday nightin 25 shelters across six states. There have been as many as 10reported fatalities, although that figure is expected to rise.

More storms expected

“This month is historically the peak month for tornadoes, soit's critical that people stay informed and get prepared,” saidBrad Kieserman, vice president of Disaster Operations and Logisticsfor the Red Cross. “Our first priority is providing shelter, sothat those affected have a safe place to stay. As more severeweather is expected for this coming weekend, the Red Cross will gowhere we're needed for as long as we're needed. When conditionsimprove, we will then help people in their first steps on the pathto recovery.”

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