01:04 AM EDT 12/03/2013
Originally posted 11/30/2013 02:20PM
A 6-month-old pit bull that was buried under a pile of rubble for more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois has been coaxed to freedom with hot dogs and reunited with his owner.
Jacob Montgomery, a member of the Illinois National Guard, was separated from the dog, Dexter, when the Nov. 17 tornado destroyed his third-floor apartment in Washington, Ill. Montgomery combed through the wreckage multiple times but turned up no sign of Dexter.
Nine days after the storm, a neighbor who was looking for his cat, also missing, with the help of a group called Rescuing Animals in Need sent Montgomery a Facebook message to tell him Dexter had been found partially buried in debris where the apartment building used to stand.
"He said, 'I've got your dog right here,'" Montgomery recalled in a statement released by the Illinois National Guard. "As soon as Dexter saw me, his tail started going."
Originally posted 11/20/2013 09:45AM
Devastated residents in Illinois towns ravaged by deadly tornadoes that flattened their communities on Sunday are surveying the damage – and wondering how to go on.
One woman sobbed as she looked out at the wreckage of her family's farm in New Minden. Sunday's storm killed two of her elderly relatives.
"We was planning on a Thanksgiving down here," she said as she wiped away tears. "We was going to fry a turkey down here, so we were all looking forward to that. We don't know what we are going to do now."
Originally posted 11/18/2013 08:35AM
As a powerful tornado bore down on their Illinois farmhouse, Curt Zehr's wife and adult son didn't have time to do anything but scramble down the stairs into their basement.
Uninjured, the pair looked out moments later to find the house gone and the sun out "right on top" of them, Zehr said. Their home, on the outskirts of Washington, Ill., was swept up and scattered over hundreds of yards by one of the dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms that swept across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least six people dead and unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees.
"They saw [the tornado] right there and got in the basement," said a stunned Zehr, pointing to the farm field near the rubble that had been his home.
Originally posted 11/16/2013 01:00PM
Adel Siguan traveled 22 hours by boat to reach her 8-year-old son and bring him much-needed drinking water after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed their small fishing town in Guiuan, Philippines.
Just before reuniting with her child, Siguan expressed the desperation she had felt for the last day.
"Of course I can't sleep, I can't eat. I can't eat, I can't really," she said. "I don't know what to do. Because I'm eager to know what's happening to him."
Originally posted 11/15/2013 05:30AM
The high winds and deadly tides may have subsided, but the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan continues to threaten the region with a critical scarcity of food and water.
In Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit cities in the Philippines, Erlend Johannessen is desperately trying to secure supplies for Streetlight Orphanage, which he founded in 2004 and is currently home to 72 children and staff.
The orphanage's food and water supply is running dangerously low, with only a single day's worth of drinkable water. Each day since the storm, Johannessen and some of the older children scrounge for provisions.
Originally posted 11/13/2013 04:30PM
In the horrific aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, at least 2,000 are dead and 600,000 more left homeless as Philippine survivors begin to grasp the full and devastating impact of one of the worst storms on record.
Amid stories of both horror and hope, relief efforts are now under way, with organizations from around the world stepping up to help the island nation in its efforts to care for survivors and rebuild.
Here is a list of organizations that have pledged to help victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan – and which are accepting donations to aid in their efforts.
Originally posted 11/12/2013 01:15PM
It's a scene of nightmarish devastation in the Philippines just days after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Pacific island nation, leaving 2,000 or more dead in its wake (according to the most recent estimate) and terrified survivors unsure of what to do next.
A young woman in the hardest-hit city of Tacloban sobbed as she recounted her experience during the storm, which included clinging to a roof rafter while holding her 11-month-old son on her head.
"All I hear [is] many cry, many people crying," she emotionally told CNN while her baby played contentedly on her lap. "Many people say, 'Help, help.' "
Originally posted 11/10/2013 10:40AM
As many as 10,000 people are believed dead in one Philippine city alone after one of the worst storms ever recorded unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes and schools. Corpses hung from tree branches and were scattered along sidewalks and among flattened buildings, while looters raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water.
Officials projected the death toll could climb even higher when emergency crews reach areas cut off by flooding and landslides. Even in the disaster-prone Philippines, which regularly contends with earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical cyclones, Typhoon Haiyan appears to be the deadliest natural disaster on record.
Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippine archipelago on Friday and quickly barreled across its central islands before exiting into the South China Sea, packing winds of 147 miles per hour that gusted to 170 mph, and a storm surge that caused sea waters to rise 20 feet.
Originally posted 11/09/2013 01:30PM
A day after one of the strongest typhoons on record devastated the Philippines, celebrities are reaching out on social media to express their sorrow – and to urge others to help.
Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Pacific island country Friday and ravaged the city of Tacloban, where bodies were reportedly scattered on the streets after punishing waves and high winds ripped apart buildings and tore children from their parents' arms.
At least 138 people are confirmed dead, but officials have put the death toll at no fewer than 1,000, reports CNN.
Celebrities – including Alyssa Milano and Kevin Bacon, as well as those with ties to the Philippines, like American Idol's Jessica Sanchez – are using their social-media pull to urge people to donate, and to send their best wishes to the Filipino people. Here's a sampling of what they're saying.
Originally posted 11/09/2013 11:40AM
The central Philippine city of Tacloban was in ruins Saturday, a day after being ravaged by one of the strongest typhoons on record, as horrified residents spoke of storm surges as high as trees and authorities said they were expecting a "very high number of fatalities."
At least 138 people were confirmed dead in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. But Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwen Pang said that agency field staff in the region estimated the toll was about 1,000. Pang, however, emphasized that it was "just an estimate."
The typhoon slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, wiping away buildings and leveling seaside homes. At least 118 of the confirmed deaths were on hardest-hit Leyte Island, where Tacloban is located, said national disaster agency spokesman Maj. Reynaldo Balido.
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