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2011 Joplin Tornado Path

May 24, 2011 by staff 

2011 Joplin Tornado Path2011 Joplin Tornado Path, A tornado touched down for about 20 minutes in the afternoon of May 6, 1975, just south of Omaha. The tornado, which was over 200 meters wide, left a path of about 10 miles. It was moving northeast through the city, damaging residential and business areas. In total, the winds were responsible for three fatalities – and injured 133 people.

Joplin tornado, as Sunday’s tornado has been called, is blamed for more than 100 people in southwest Missouri community. It is the latest in a series of tornadoes this spring. Despite hurricanes and earthquakes tend to do more financial damage per event, tornadoes and related events have been responsible for an average of 57 percent of all insured catastrophe losses in the United States since 1953, according to a 2009 study by the insurance rating service AM Best. Excluding the tornado Joplin, where damage assessments are just beginning, here’s a look at five more financially devastating tornadoes in the U.S., according to the AM Best study and federal estimates (reported in $ 2011):

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