Aside from a name, we don't have much in common with Racine, Mo. The unincorporated town in the southwest corner of the state, just miles from the Oklahoma border, is a small rural community that no one even seems to know population of. Before this weekend, I'm not even sure I knew there was a Racine, Mo.
But Missouri's Racine made the news over the weekend when a massive storm system pounded the area with tornados with winds reaching 165 mph. Twelve people in Newton County, Mo., where Racine is located, died in a tornado, which touched down at about 6 p.m. on Saturday. At least 50 homes were destroyed in the storm, and thousands of people were still without power Monday morning.
Twenty-four people died in the storm, which spawned eight tornados in Oklahoma, Missouri and Georgia on Saturday and Sunday.
Anyone interested in contributing to the recovery efforts in Racine, Mo. can contact the American Red Cross here.