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  • Joplin's Tornado
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    Tornado devastates Joplin, Missouri, leaves 116 dead A woman removes a rifle from the debris of a destroyed home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011.
  • Joplin's Tornado
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    People walk through a demolished neighbourhood the day after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011
  • Joplin's Tornada
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    Utility workers clear downed power lines near the St. John's hospital early May 23, 2011, after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. Tornadoes tore through parts of the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, killing at least 30 people in the Missouri town of Joplin and causing one death in Minneapolis as well as causing extensive property damage.
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    Members of the Neodesha fire department look towards the sky as St. John's Regional Medical Center is seen in the background a day after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011.
  • Joplin's Tornado
    Blocks of homes lie in total destruction after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011.
  • Joplin's Tornado
    (Photo: Reuters/Mike Stone)
    Ted Grabenauer sleeps on his front porch the morning after a tornado ripped off the roof of his home when it hit Joplin
  • Joplin's Tornado
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    The body bag of a victim is laid on the floor of a business establishment which was wiped out by a tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011.
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    A sign lays among the ruins after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011.
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By Hannah Brown, iPoster
May 23, 2011|9:40 pm

The death toll from Sunday's deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo. has risen to 116. Authorities were still finding survivors in the wreckage Monday afternoon.

Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) described the scene this way: "The pictures on TV don't do it justice. It looks like a nuclear bomb has hit," as reported by USA Today.

According to Joplin officials, more than 2,000 structures along with whole neighborhoods were destroyed. The tornado was reported to be the worst ever to hit Missouri.

The Salvation Army is on the scene with four mobile feeding kitchens, each capable of serving several thousand meals. The Christian organization is supporting affected residents and first responders not only with food but also with assistance in locating loved ones who are still missing.

 

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