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Missouri Tornado Kills at least 30

Posted by feww on May 23, 2011

Deadly Tornadoes Sweep the Midwest

A powerful tornado barreled through Joplin, Missouri leaving a wide path of destruction, killing at least 30 and leaving many injured

The tornado leveled a residential area of the city (population: 50,000) estimated to be as large as 20 blocks. Many people are believed to be trapped inside destroyed/damaged buildings.

“I would say 75 percent of the town is virtually gone,” Kathy Dennis of the American Red Cross told CNN.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had received 47 reports of tornadoes  across at least 6 states and 660 other reports of severe weather across a total of 22 states, as of posting.

The tornado reportedly made a direct hit on the city’s main St John’s hospital. Joplin is located near the Ozark Mountain region.

Governor Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to help deal with the disaster, stating that the storms “have caused extensive damage across Missouri.”

“We have reports of significant structural damage to strong buildings..Automobiles have been flipped, bark was stripped off trees.” A meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Springfield said.

A woman who survived the tornado sheltering in her basement is helped by other Joplin residents. Credit: Mike Gullett/Associated Press. Image may be subject to copyright.

In Minneapolis at least two people were killed and 3 dozen others injured, some of them critically, when a tornado hit earlier Sunday.

On Saturday night a deadly tornado swept through the town of Reading in eastern Kansas, killing at least one person, injuring an unspecified number of others, destroying more than 20 homes and damaging 200 other building, a state emergency management official was reported as saying on Sunday.  Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms pelted the region with baseball-sized hail.

More Deadly Weather Could Follow

US Weather Forecast Map. Click to enlarge.

GOES Eastern US SECTOR Infrared Image. 

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