WACH sister-station raises nearly $140k for Joplin tornado victims

Photo Credit: KRCG

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (WACH, KRCG) -- WACH Fox's sister-station in Missouri, KRCG, and the Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross are teamed up Tuesday to hold a telethon for tornado victims in Joplin.

Thanks to the generosity of many Mid-Missourians and people across the country, KRCG helped raise $139,410 for the Red Cross.

Thanks to everyone who donated, no matter how big or small the amount. All the money is going to the Red Cross and their efforts to help the people of Joplin rebuild.

The proceeds raised will be given directly to tornado victims in the Joplin area. It was something KRCG News Director Ladd Egan felt was important."KRCG viewers wanted to help the victims in Joplin," Egan said. "So we wanted to give them a local outlet to be able to donate money that would go straight to victims of this devastating storm."

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Sunday night's tornado is blamed for at least 116 deaths in Joplin making it the deadliest single tornado in almost six decades.

Meanwhile, The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center says there is a high risk of severe weather that could again include tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Arkansas.

The severe weather could also include wind gusts of 55 to 75 mph and nearly baseball-sized hail.

(KRCG and contributed to this report.)