Deadly Joplin, MO Tornado

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An EF-5 tornado tore through Joplin Missouri Friday, May 22, 2011 killing 153 people and injuring more than 750. The path width was 3/4 of a mile and the path length was 7 miles. This is the single deadliest tornado since Woodward, OK (April 9, 1947) which killed 181 people. Joplin, MO is home to over 50,000 people and is located in southwestern Missouri. Trees were stripped of their bark, hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed, and any building left standing served as a shelter.

Here is a list of the Top Ten deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history:

1. Mar 18, 1925 Missouri/Illinois/Indiana; 695 dead

2. May 6, 1840 Natchez, Mississippi; 317 dead

3. May 27, 1896 St. Louis, Missouri; 255 dead

4. April 5, 1936 Tupelo, Mississippi; 216 dead

5. April 6, 1936 Gainesville, Georgia; 203 dead

6. April 9, 1947 Woodward, Oklahoma; 181 dead

7. May 22, 2011 Joplin, MO; 153 dead

8. April 24,1908 Amite, La./Purvis, Miss.; 143 dead

9. June 12, 1899 New Richmond, Wisconsin; 117 dead

10. June 3, 1953 Flint, Michigan; 115 dead

Below are a few pictures of the devastation from Joplin, MO.

Photos courtesy cnn.com

4 thoughts on “Deadly Joplin, MO Tornado

  1. Pingback: Why Do Meteorologists Chase Storms? | EverythingWX

  2. Here’s a link to one of my FB Joplin albums. All of my albums related to Joplin are public accessible. This album was taken a week following the tornado on the day the President visited.

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