Photos of the destruction in Joplin, Missouri following Sunday night’s shocking tornado strike have left us all stunned. A twister tore a mile-wide path of mayhem through the city, wrecking their largest hospital and killing at least 89 people.
“Parks and Rec” star Chris Pratt was on a flight from New York to Los Angeles and witnessed the storm from a rare perspective – he was above it. Naturally, he did what we’d all do when stuck on a terrifying plane ride… he tweeted about it.
“Watching the most insane lightning storm i’ve ever seen out the left side of a ny to la flight. literally several thousand flashes in 7 min,” he began.
His tweets took on a different tone a few moments later. “please tell me what the f*** is going on. is this normal? it hasn’t stopped flashing. 20 strikes of lightning per second. I swear to god.”
He watched the storm raging outside the plane and continued, “For those of u who are below that f***ed up creepy ass f***ing scary ass storm. I’m seriously praying for you. F***in shit. FYI It looks BAD. #CRAZYF***INGLIGHTNINGTORNADO For those of you in MO I’m praying hard up here for you. May you and your family and loved ones be safe.”
There are many options to help with the Joplin relief effort if you’re not nearby. The American Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and counseling – you can donate to their disaster relief fund here. To contribute to the Salvation Army’s effort, you can text “JOPLIN” to 80888 or call 1-800-Sal-Army. The United Way is also accepting online donations.