Powerful Tornado Hits Joplin, Missouri. At Least 25 Dead
Posted on May 23, 2011A 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.