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Tornado strikes Joplin, causing major damage to hospital, other buildings

Tornado strikes Joplin, causing major damage to hospital, other buildings The Joplin Globe report Range Line was closed at 15th Street, and the city's most densely built commercial strip has major damage. Trees and power lines in the area are down, so side streets are also impassable. A Joplin Glove staff member who lives near 24th at Indiana also reports Joplin High School was nearly leveled by the tornado -- or at least has catastrophic damage.

Homeowners in Greene County and southern Polk County report debris from the hospital falling in their yards. The debris includes X-rays, medical reports, dental records and more. Other people in the Ebenezer, Morrisville, Pleasant Hope, and Slagle areas -- as well as between Springfield and Joplin -- report photos and other items, including roofing materials, and newspapers, falling in their yards.

There are reports of numerous tractor-trailer trucks overturned on Interstate 44 east of Joplin. The highway was reported to be blocked or closed because of the overturned vehicles.

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Comment by astrogal50 on May 24, 2011 at 9:56pm

In Wake of Tornado, Official Says 1,500 Are Unaccounted For

JOPLIN, Mo. — About 1,500 people are unaccounted for in this battered city, a Fire Department official said Tuesday, as rescue workers took advantage of a few hours of sunny weather to continue searching for survivors in buildings leveled by the country’s deadliest tornado in more than 60 years. At least 117 people have died.

While the number of those unaccounted for is alarmingly high in a city with only 49,000 people — and raises the specter of a far higher death count — it may merely be a reflection of the widespread breakdown of communication systems here in the wake of Sunday’s vicious storm. Many residents who fled ahead of the tornado or survived it may be unable to notify the authorities or family members who have reported them missing.

Capt. Robert Daus of the Maryland Heights Fire District, who is helping to lead a team of about 100 St. Louis-area firefighters in search and rescue operations in Joplin, said that in addition to the 1,500 people who remain unaccounted for, an additional 500 had been injured by the tornado, which cut a three-quarter-mile-wide path through this southwestern Missouri city and damaged as many as 30 percent of its buildings….  (Emphasis added.)


Comment by Roger Concannon on May 24, 2011 at 4:14am
I posted the previous comment for the Visuals and not so much the Audio at the end.....Peace....Roger
Comment by Roger Concannon on May 24, 2011 at 4:02am
Joplin Toronado 2011
Comment by Lavonne on May 23, 2011 at 11:55pm
this is a very scarey video to say the least.  I was impressed with how well the people handled it as they were not expecting something like an F4 or F5 tornado.  They made sure everyone was accounted for afterwards and asked about injuries.  The amazing thing is how VERY quickly this formed and all the damage in a matter of minutes.  I have been thru firestorms/forest fires but never winds like this and I can't imagine them sustained like this during PS.  Very frightening.  Wow.
Comment by Lavonne on May 23, 2011 at 9:29pm
The video below posted by Sherry is quite a wake-up call for anyone.  People seem to be concerned about the storm to an extent but certainly were not expecting to take a hit with the tornado.  Very surreal situation for them and telling to watch.  In a way it puts things into perspective even a little more.  The tornado force winds only last a very brief time but the level of destruction in that span is incredible.  Extreme force.  Trying to wrap my head around going thru long spans of time this way and it's hard!
Comment by Sevan Makaracı on May 23, 2011 at 4:52pm

And interesting red sky after the storm video  ;



Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on May 23, 2011 at 9:08am
Thanks Alison for the tip !
Comment by randy on May 23, 2011 at 7:41am

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE RELATIVES IN JOPLIN (or other cities tht may be involved here)


I know tht phone towers have been knocked out. so you wont have reception..there is no power..


the following is useful if u have relatives in joplin....if youre relatives are not in joplin and cant reach them, try to look for facebook or twitter pages related to the particular town...

Comment by Alison on May 23, 2011 at 6:58am
Palpable anxiety on the part of the newscaster... its clear that they needed more people who were trained in CPR / First Aid. I don't know if its okay to say this, but it is very easy to learn CPR / First Aid online. It does take time to watch the videos... but it is well worth it. One that I have used is There are likely others as well, but as a professional I am required to remain current with this information. Anyone can learn this stuff and it is going to be so important....
Comment by KM on May 23, 2011 at 4:00am

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