Joplin, Missouri Tornado May 22, 2011: Over 100 Killed (Video)
Joplin, MO Tornado: Destruction Path a Mile Wide
A massive tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, killing at least 89 people and carving a mile-wide path of destruction through the city. The Joplin tornado hit at around on May 22, destroyed at least 2,000 homes and businesses. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue and cleanup efforts continue. [Update: the Joplin tornado death toll has risen to 116 so far.]
St. John's Regional Medical Center, the main hospital in the region, was hit directly by the tornado; its roof was torn off and all of its windows were smashed. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency, and FEMA is sending an emergency management team to Joplin.
Deadly Tornado Video Footage
The Joplin, MO was caught on video by eyewitnesses and news agencies alike- you can see the footage below.
Around 30% of Joplin, Missouri was damaged by the monster tornado; several others tore through the region as well. This is the deadliest tornado to strike the US since 1953.