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Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Mon May 23, 2011 9:41 am

A right-turning tornado struck Joplin, Missouri around 5:30 pm. The confirmed death toll right now is 11, but authorities expect more than 100 deaths. The tornado destroyed three schools and damaged three others. It also hit a hospital head on. The roofs of the WalMart, Home Depot, Academy Sports & Outdoors, and other large buildings collapsed, trapping people.

At its largest, which was also when the storm bore down on Joplin, the tornado was 3/4 of a mile wide. After reading the report of where the tornado hit and looking at a map, it appears to have literally swept across the entire city.

http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/x43...read-damage-reported-after-tornado

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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Mon May 23, 2011 10:03 am

Yeah. It looks awful. It really wacked that hospital. Just to look at it, that alone must have killed a lot of people. Who thinks of a tornado when you are sick and lying in hospital?
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Mon May 23, 2011 12:50 pm

So for the death toll is at 89 people. Someone posted an extremely graphic video on youtube from it appears a store in which people were taking refuge. You can't see anything but the sounds are absolutely unforgettable.
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Mon May 23, 2011 1:30 pm

Very scary, and I am definitely feeling a bit shell shocked. My fiance was in Joplin this weekend for a wedding, while I am working out of the country. She left Joplin for our house in Kansas City at about 1pm on Sunday, and the tornado hit at about 5:30pm as you mention. Needless to say, while I was sure she was already out of town, I couldn't call her quick enough! Talk about a bad weekend to get married, though...

One of my good friend's father works at the hospital, but apparently was not on shift from what I have heard...thank gosh. Their house, however, was damaged, though I cannot find out how severely. Luckily no injuries.

This one hits a little too close for comfort for me. RIP to everyone in Joplin who was lost, and my thoughts to all those left with the pieces.
 
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Mon May 23, 2011 1:47 pm

I have an aunt and uncle and a cousin and her husband and children who live in Joplin. My aunt works as a RN at the hospital that was hit. Thankfully my aunt and uncle were in Chicago this weekend, but my cousin and her kids were at a birthday party and the house they were at took extensive damage. This storm also hit very close to me, but I am more at ease now knowing they are safe and OK.
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Mon May 23, 2011 2:49 pm

The Joplin images are just terrible to look at. Unfortunately it isn't done. Classic couple of days in May for the Southern Plains this week. Today and tomorrow are projected to be significant here. Tomorrow looks to be potentially the worst day as the entire upper system moves out.

AFD from NWS Norman was extremely strongly worded:

http://forecast.weather.gov/product....AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1

TUESDAY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE EVEN WORSE AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN TERMS OF WIDESPREAD AND POSSIBLY SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER. MUCH WILL DEPEND ON HOW STORMS EVOLVE TODAY AND TONIGHT. AXIS OF VERY POTENT NEGATIVE-TILT UPPER TROUGH IS FORECAST TO MOVE AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">INTO AND Mount Cook Airlines (New Zealand)">NM EARLY TUE AND DRIVE E AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">INTO W TX BY 18Z. EFFECTS OF THIS SYSTEM MAY ARRIVE RELATIVELY EARLY AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN OK ON TUE AND LEAD TO AN EARLY START TO THE CONVECTION. IF CAP HOLDS OFF INITIATION UNTIL LATER AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN THE DAY WHEN INSTABILITY WILL LIKELY GO FROM STRONG TO EXTREME.. WE COULD BE LOOKING AT A SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK PER SWODY2.

Have to get through today first. Couple batches of strong/severe storms on going. Joplin just had a severe storm roll through the last hour. Now we just wait for the next round to go up.
 
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Mon May 23, 2011 3:27 pm

Quoting texan (Thread starter):

Reminds me of the 1997 tornado in Jarrell, Tx.   
 
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Mon May 23, 2011 3:54 pm

Prayers for all. Totally devastating. Mother nature has not been kind this year.
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Tue May 24, 2011 9:54 am

Death toll up to 116 now...truly an amazing figure for an EF3 tornado. What a tragedy.

Edit: They are apparently calling it an EF4 now...still, amazing death toll for an EF4 with lots of warning.

[Edited 2011-05-24 02:57:10]
 
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Tue May 24, 2011 2:08 pm

RIP to all who passed away.

This Tornado was huge, and scary! Have you guys seen the videos? The sounds are horrific!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQnvxJZucds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT7CtF5ljxY
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Tue May 24, 2011 2:19 pm

The NWS is predicting another round of tornados today in Missourri. Stay safe everyone.
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Tue May 24, 2011 5:36 pm

When nature turns this brutal our first reactions are thoughts and prayers for those involved, injured or killed.

And I believe that our next thoughts should be towards helping them rebuild, just like the previous devastating tornado that hit in Georgia.

And when we have major rebuilding projects like this I also believe we should look on this as an opportunity to train some of the unemployed/underemployed to work in the trades. Apprenticeship funding is far better than unemployment and builds for the future.
 
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Tue May 24, 2011 7:34 pm

I have a few friends and their families that live in Joplin, some of the photos they've shared are devastating. I believe they have been saying it was an EF4. I can't ever remember seeing a picture of a Wal-Mart of similarly sized building so destroyed after a tornado like what happened here. They've said it was the deadliest tornado since the '50s. Amazing since the Greenburg tornado was an EF5 and completely destroyed a town.

Patients that were at St. Johns Hospital in Joplin have been transferred to other facilities including St. John's in Springfield and the other hospital in Joplin.
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Wed May 25, 2011 4:47 pm

Quoting FXramper (Reply 6):
Reminds me of the 1997 tornado in Jarrell, Tx.

Both the Joplin, Mo and the Jarrell, TX tornadoes were both EF-5 tornadoes. The Joplin tornado was originally listed as a EF-4, but the NWS upgraded it to a EF-5 yesterday.
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Wed May 25, 2011 7:07 pm

Yesterday, Tornadoes ripped across Oklahoma. My great Aunt Betty lost her rather large home in the Piedmont Area. This picture made it's way to AP and I actually found it on Al Jazeera. Currently people have been told to leave the area as they are searching for the body of a missing little boy.

This is all that's left of her fairly large home:

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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Fri May 27, 2011 3:27 pm

A man just interviewed on radio ... lost both of his young sons. Incredibly devastating.... I know I would not want to live after that.

Amazing of stories of community ... selfless acts and volunteering from the people in Joplin. I guess the best we can do is donate to the Red Cross and Salvation Army for now.
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RE: Tornado Rips Through Joplin, MO

Fri May 27, 2011 4:40 pm

Quoting type-rated (Reply 13):
Both the Joplin, Mo and the Jarrell, TX tornadoes were both EF-5 tornadoes. The Joplin tornado was originally listed as a EF-4, but the NWS upgraded it to a EF-5 yesterday.

Jarrell was an F5, not an EF-5 since the Enhanced Fujita scale didn't exist until a few years ago. Be very careful about making this comparison since many EF-5s today would only be F4s back in the day.

Phil sorry to hear about your family's loss of the "rather/fairly large" (rollseyes) home. Good to hear it wasn't worse than that.

Update today by NWS Norman upgraded 3 of the tornadoes in Central Oklahoma to EF-4s with the potential that they might be upgraded pending further investigation. The El Reno tornado passed with in close proximity of the mesonet station there and recorded winds of 150.8 mph. One thing to take away from this map, tornadoes 2,3, and 4 were rated at least EF-4 on the latest update...and could be upgraded as they continuing investigating. That's three violent tornadoes in the OKC metro area, but they stayed out of the most densely populated sections of OKC, Norman, and Moore this time. Last year, we did have two EF-4s hit both Norman and Moore. 2003 was the last time the (that I can remember) when we had a violent tornado hit the immediate metro area when an F4 took a similar path as the May 3rd, 1999 F5 tornadoes in Moore/South OKC (which to date holds the highest recorded wind speed on earth of 302 to 318 mph).

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