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Lowcountry Red Cross volunteers ready to help in Oklahoma

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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

As soon as the tornado touched down in Moore, Okla., the Palmetto Service Center Red Cross director was on the phone with Red Cross officials in Oklahoma.

"I've been very busy," said Carl Statham, director of Palmetto Service Center Red Cross. "We're trying to make sure we have enough volunteers there."

Statham said he's contacted all of the 200 volunteers they have in the Lowcountry to make sure they were registered and ready to go, if they're needed.

In all of his years with the Red Cross, Statham said, this is the first time he's ever seen a tornado like the one that hit Moore.

"It's really bad," he said. "The consequences of a tornado that size, almost 200 miles per hour, is devastating."

Statham says out of the 200 volunteers they have, they usually send between four to five volunteers at once, depending on the need. After looking at the destruction in Moore, he says they will probably have to send more than five.

"It's devastating -- the loss of communities, families and homes." he said.

There is a group of volunteers packed and ready to go to Oklahoma, they're just waiting from the Red Cross there to let them know how much help is needed. 

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