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Red Cross opens emergency shelters in Arkansas

Posted: April 28, 2014 - 8:00am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The American Red Cross has opened two emergency shelters and is supporting four community shelters for residents displaced by tornadoes in three Arkansas counties.

Sixteen people died Sunday night in Arkansas as a tornado carved an 80-mile path of destruction. Another tornado in Quapaw, Okla., killed one person.

The Red Cross has opened emergency shelters at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Conway and Beryl Baptist Church in Vilonia.

Four other Red Cross-supported shelters are also open. In Conway, they are located at Antioch Baptist Church, Oak Bowery Baptist Church and Point of Grace. A shelter is also available at Mayflower Middle School.

The shelters are providing cots, blankets and food for the displaced residents.

Tornado relief teams are meeting at 8 this morning at New Life Church in Conway.

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