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The Oklahoma Red Cross is sending volunteers and supplies to Arkansas. The Oklahoma Red Cross is sending volunteers and supplies to Arkansas.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman last week warned of the possibility of a tornado outbreak. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman last week warned of the possibility of a tornado outbreak.

By Mary Joseph, NEWS 9

Oklahomans are rushing to the aid of neighboring states where Tuesday's  tornado outbreak killed at least 55 people. 

The Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross is sending two teams with supplies to Arkansas, one of five states struck by tornadoes.

"They called us about 8:30,"  said Red Cross member Verna Kirkham. "We were loaded and ready to go by 10:30."

Kirkham and her husband volunteered for the three-week assignment.

"We have seen a lot of bad things and it just makes you feel good to be able to do a little bit to help them," she said.

Last week, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., predicted the possibility of a tornado outbreak across the Mississippi Valley and South on Tuesday.

"Certainly for a February event, it looked like it was going to be outstanding in terms of the tornado threat and that's in a bad way," said Richard Thompson with the Storm Prediction Center.

Another Red Cross relief team left the state Wednesday afternoon en route to areas hit by Tuesday's severe storms.

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