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Sunday
May222011

Joplin Missouri Hit By Mile Wide Tornado

A major tornado caused massive damage in Joplin, Mo. Sunday afternoon, leveling buildings, killing dozens and causing massive damage to many standing structures.  According to the Springfield News-Leader, at least 89 people have died from the tornado.

Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer said the St. John’s Regional Medical Center on the city’s south side took a “direct hit.” He said there are multiple reports of injuries and emergency responders are conducting search and rescue operations.

A spokeswoman at the hospital’s sister facility, Cora Scott, said the tornado affected a patient wing. There were reports that most of the hospital windows were blown out.

The hospital system owns and operates multiple EMS crews throughout southwest Missouri and was sending them to Joplin to assist.

Survivors are reporting more than 20 semi-trailer trucks have been blown over by the tornado. Television stations have been knocked off the air and radio stations are asking for help from anyone who can lend a hand. Victims are trapped in the rubble of houses and in cars.

The roofs of two city fire stations collapsed.

The tornado caused widespread damage to the city when it struck the town around 6 p.m

There were reports of fires throughout the building and fears of an explosion occurring due to broken gas lines.

Many businesses were destroyed and power lines are down throughout the city. Approximately 30% of the city has been serverely damaged according to the latest news reports. 

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