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Joplin Continues to Dig Out After Record Tornado

path of the May 22 Joplin tornado

The National Weather Service has upgraded its rating of the tornado that tore through the center of Joplin Missouri just after 5 pm on Sunday. The storm, with winds in excess of 200 mph, has been rated an EF5.

The latest toll for the monster twister is 122 deaths, 1,500 plus injured, and hundreds still unaccounted for. The six mile path through the city of Joplin varied from one half to three quarters of a mile wide.

Sunrise in a Shattered Joplin Missouri

Missouri national Guard at work in Joplin tornado aftermath

I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to deploy Citizen-Soldiers and assets to support local law enforcement agencies with emergency coordination and recovery, and other state assets have been mobilized to provide emergency support as well. I urge Missourians to keep a close eye on the latest weather information and to follow the instructions and warnings of emergency personnel as these deadly storms continue to move through our state.

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