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Red Cross S. NV chapter ready to help OKC tornado victims

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Resources from southern Nevada could be sent to Oklahoma in order to help tornado victims there.

The American Red Cross in Las Vegas is getting its volunteers ready in case the call for more help comes.

Satellite images at the National Weather Service office on Dean Martin Drive in Las Vegas show the intensity of the storms moving through the Sooner State.

In the atmosphere above was all the devastating ingredients for tornadoes.

"Cold air above warm air... a whole lot of wind sheer... also a source of lift," said Daniel Berc, a Warning Coordination meteorologist who works at the Las Vegas National Weather Service forecast office.

That's a combination that has happened in southern Nevada before.

"Last tornado to hit Clark County was in April of 2001 near the CalNevAri area," Berc said.

But according to Berc, the tornadoes we have out west are nowhere near the same degree of force as ones currently touching down in Oklahoma.

"On the rare occasion we do have tornadoes, they do intend to be very weak in nature," Berc said.

Unlike the location of the last tornado southern Nevada saw, Moore, OK, is a very populated area.

That is one reason why the American Red Cross' Las Vegas office is reaching out to its volunteers.

"To see who's on vacation, who's available, who's not traveling, who's available to travel in case we get the call," said Lloyd Ziel, public information officer with the American Red Cross southern Nevada chapter.

The American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter has already sent its chief development officer to assist in Oklahoma.

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