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    Tornado destroys Joplin, Missouri, killing at least 89

    Monday, May 23, 2011, 6:35 AM

    City manager Mark Rohr announced the number of known dead at a pre-dawn news conference outside the wreckage of a hospital that took a direct hit from Sunday's storm. Rohr said the twister cut a path nearly six miles long and more than a half-mile wide through the center of town.

    Much of the city's south side was leveled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to ruins.

    Fire chief Mitch Randles estimated that 25 to 30 percent of the city was damaged, and said his own home was among the buildings destroyed as the twister swept through this city of about 50,000 people some 160 miles south of Kansas City.

    Tornado destroys Joplin, Missouri, killing at least 89 | NOLA.com





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    I have lived in Kansas City for the last 38 years and was born and raised in Wichita (about 170 miles south of KC). We are used to twisters in this area, and I, in my youth, watched from my rooftop, a tornado go through parts of Wichita. In college, at Creighton (in Omaha), I was more rationale in getting in my bath tub, while a tornado took out a section of Omaha about 30 blocks from my apartment. I've never seen anything that approaches the devastation from a twister, that occurred in Joplin on Sunday. The night before, a tornado took out a community of 200 in central Kansas, so it was a destructive weekend for area residents. A tornado has not hit Kansas City directly in 55 years, just the outskirts near Liberty, Missouri. I'm going to give blood tomorrow to try to help out the injured (at least 400 people) from both tornadoes.
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    May 25 (Reuters) - The death toll from a monster tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday after an overnight search turned up more bodies but no new survivors, authorities said.

    Joplin deaths rise, more twisters in US Midwest | Reuters

    (CNN) -- Severe weather rampaged across the U.S. heartland, claiming at least 10 lives across Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma, in what has already become a historic spring storm season.
    Early Wednesday, the storm system was contributing to sleepless nights from Iowa to Texas, pelting many areas with golf ball-size hail.
    The powerful storms paid another visit to Joplin, Missouri, where a weekend tornado killed more than 120 people, making it the deadliest single U.S. twister since modern record-keeping began 61 years ago.

    More deaths from U.S. tornadoes (25 May 2011 03:09)

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    There's been a storm going slowing through the Kansas City area now for about an hour, with tornado touch downs reported. So far, no damage or injuries reported. It's been a long for days for area residents. Storms are expected for the rest of the week, although probably not as bad as today's weather.

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    I lived through an F5 tornado when I was an 18 year old doing training at Tinker Airforce base in Oaklahoma. I had never seen such destruction in my life to both property and people happen so fast. People had injuries you see in a war zone, crushed bones, giant wounds from shrapnel, loss of limbs, etc. Now I live in a city where you don't have to worry about that kind of shit, and I can't imagine living in a place where it happens.

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