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Exxon Mobil contributes to north Texas tornado relief

11 people died during Dec. 26 EF-4 tornado, which is second most powerful storm with winds up to 200 mph

IRVING, Texas – Exxon Mobil Corporation says it will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to provide disaster relief assistance in response to the recent tornadoes in north Texas.

north texas tornado“Our thoughts are with all who have been impacted by the devastating tornadoes, and especially with the families who lost loved ones during the holiday season,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer.

ExxonMobil’s donation is being directed to the American Red Cross North Texas Region, which is providing food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to the victims of the disaster. The American Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires to large-scale natural disasters.

“We hope that this donation to the Red Cross will help our neighbors and friends in north Texas during this difficult time,” said Rex.

At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in the Dec. 26 tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area and caused substantial damage.

Local officials estimated as many as 1,450 homes were damaged or destroyed. Vehicles were mangled, power lines fell and trees were toppled. Heavy rain, wind and falling temperatures hampered cleanup efforts Sunday afternoon.

“This is a huge impact on our community and we’re all suffering,” Garland Police Lt. Pedro Barineau said of the suburb about 20 miles northeast of Dallas, where eight people died, 15 were injured and about 600 structures, mostly single-family homes, were damaged.

The weather service said an EF-4 tornado, which is the second-most powerful with winds up to more than 200 mph (320 kph), hit the community at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

ExxonMobil, headquartered in Irving, and its Fort Worth-based XTO Energy subsidiary employ more than 2,300 people in the north Texas region.

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