Local Red Cross workers assisting storm victims in Arkansas

04/28/2014 4:03 PM

04/28/2014 4:05 PM

Relief workers from the North Texas Red Cross headed to Arkansas on Monday, a day after a deadly tornado tore into the small suburb of Vilonia.

“It’s a feeding crew and they’ll go to Little Rock and then assigned a neighborhood,” said Anita Foster, a spokeswoman for the North Texas Red Cross. “Three other Red Cross volunteers are headed for that area.”

Foster said Red Cross crews from Amarillo and Waco have also been sent to Arkansas.

“We’re telling our other volunteers to stand by because we know that it’s going to be a lengthy recovery effort,” Foster said.

Tarrant County was sparred from the latest storm system, which had been expected to bring hail, heavy rain and high winds to the area, and there is no severe weather in the forecast.

Outside of a hailstorm that caused millions of dollars of damage in Denton a few weeks ago, it has been a relatively quiet spring for severe weather.

“Severe weather could still occur here in late May or early June,” meteorologist Joe Harris said at the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “It’s possible to have hailstorms during the summer, so we’re not out of the woods yet.”

On Monday, elevated fire weather conditions existed for most of North Texas, especially counties west of Interstate 35W. Humidity was expected to fall to the 10-15 percent range with west winds at 15 to 20 mph. Temperatures were expected.

Temperatures for the rest of the week will be in the 70s and 80s, perfect for Mayfest, the annual celebration along the Trinity River in Fort Worth, which runs Thursday through Sunday.

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