Powerful Tornado Hits Joplin, Missouri. At Least 25 Dead

Posted on May 23, 2011

A powerful tornado hit Joplin, Missouri on Sunday. The tornado demolished homes, damaged fire stations, commercial buildings and schools, destroyed a Home Depot and Wal-mart and stripped bark from trees. A large hospital in Joplin took a direct hit and suffered extensive damage. It is after dark now in Joplin. This CNN video of aerial footage shows fires burning in Joplin. Take a look:

The Weather Channel's Mike Bettes was the first to report on the scene. the Weather Channel says the tornado is estimated to have been at least a mile wide. The News-Leaderhas a photo gallery here.

The full extent of the damage will become more clear tomorrow. Reports indicate that at least 25 people were killed by the tornado.