The Barnsdall tornado was a massive EF-4 monster. Please see below and go here to help. --Gary

I'm here in Barnsdall, Oklahoma, where this community just got hit with a tornado for the second time THIS YEAR!

Monday night's mile-wide EF-4 tornado ripped through town just over a month after another tornado struck. The EF-4 rating means the winds from this tornado were at least 166 MPH.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt was here yesterday to see the devastation firsthand:

“When you see this type of damage, it’s just heartbreaking.... [For] an EF-4 tornado... you’ve got to be underground or you have to be in a safe room because if it hits the house, it’s going to blow it away.”

Sadly, one person perished. Search and rescue workers are looking for another person. It's amazing that there was not more loss of life.

+ + Serving hot meals TODAY

Right now, our team is preparing a hot lunch for families impacted by this tornado, along with emergency workers and volunteers. We will then immediately begin working on dinner. 

Can you help?

Just $35 can help us prepare 10 hot meals. Perhaps you can sponsor 20 meals ($70) or even 100 meals ($350). Every gift will help! Go here to help feed tornado victims while we continue other outreaches:

With this being our second tornado disaster deployment in about 10 days, we need every Mercy Chefs friend standing with us.

Thank you in advance for your support and for your prayers for this community and others being impacted by these storms.

God bless,


P.S. Pictured above is Chef John holding the meal we served last night, less than 24 hours after the tornado hit: fresh beef, pepperoni, fire-roasted tomato pasta, nutritious garden salad, garlic feta bread, and sweet cinnamon rolls for dessert. Many of the folks we served had been without power since the tornado hit. Thanks to you, we were able to give them a restaurant-quality, hot meal. Go here to help sponsor hot meals we're serving today:

News sources: KFOR and