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Joplin Tornado Path

May 23, 2011 by USA Post 

Joplin Tornado PathJoplin Tornado Path, Joplin residents searched through the devastation of major tornado Monday morning as another brief but severe storm hampered search and rescue efforts warned that the death toll could rise.
At least 89 people died in the massive tornado that sliced?? A six-mile swath
through southwestern Missouri, coming to Joplin, the destruction of a hospital, flattens a high school, hitting the car in the buildings and fragmentation trees outside the cortex. The damage was impressive in its scope. “You see pictures of the Second World War, the devastation and everything related to the bombing. That’s really what it seemed,” said Kerry sachettes resident, the director of a school flattened high Joplin. “I could not even see the building. It was a total devastation in my opinion. I could not believe what I saw.” The new storm brought heavy rain, hail and strong winds.

“Definitely not make the process easier,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Cramer. A massive storm system dropped the tornado in the heart of Joplin Sunday night. Cramer said a team of meteorologists on his way to Joplin to begin determining the path and devastation of the tornado. He said meteorologists had not determined the magnitude of the tornado and had a solid number of dead or wounded.

Dedick Roger and his wife survived the storm by taking refuge in the garage of the couple, which is partly underground. No walls of the house the couple lived for 17 years.

“That’s all that’s left,” said Dedick, pointing to a section of the foundation with a small ladder.

Dedick said his ears appeared as the tornado blew the windows of the garage. He said he had to use a metal bar to pry his way out of the rubble of her home.

Lance Gaines has been in the Joplin area since 11 last nights. He is a member of a search and rescue group made up mostly of firefighters in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Gaines said he has been searching almost nonstop since arriving in Joplin and have not found anyone in the rubble.

The search for survivors is difficult because all the street signs have been torn down, so it is difficult to determine a location.

The Springfield Police Department sent 10 officers Tuesday night to help relief efforts, public information officer Matt Brown said.

He said agents are helping officials to keep Joplin perimeters around damaged buildings and providing other services.

City Manager Mark Rohr said the known death toll in a press conference before dawn, out of the rubble of a hospital that had a direct impact of the storm. His house was one of the buildings destroyed in the tornado swept through this city of 50,000 people about 160 miles south of Kansas City.

The tornado Joplin was one of 68 reported tornadoes across seven states in the Midwest over the weekend, from Oklahoma to Wisconsin, according to Storm Center National Weather Service forecast. One person died in Minneapolis.

The devastation in Missouri was the worst of the day, reminiscent of the tornadoes that killed more than 300 people in the South last month.

The Joplin tornado traveled six miles west of the city to the southeast of the city, reports AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Edwards, with the southern edge of the city hardest hit. The tornado was between a half mile to three quarters of a mile wide.

While the exact strength of the storm is yet to be determined, could be more of an EF4.

An EF4 tornado has wind speeds ranging from 166 up to 200 kilometers per hour. If the storm were an EF4, it would probably be the strongest tornado recorded in Joplin, according to Weather Channel severe storm expert Greg Forbes.

Sunday’s storm hit a hospital full of patients and a commercial area, including construction of a Home Depot store, many small businesses, restaurants and a grocery store. Jasper County Emergency Management Director said Keith babbling about 2,000 buildings was damaged.

Among the most affected in Joplin was San Juan Regional Medical Center. The staff had a moment’s notice quickly to patients in the corridors before the storm hit the nine-story building, blowing out windows and hundreds of installations useless.

In the parking lot, a helicopter was crushed by hand, its rotors smashed and broken windows. Nearby, a lot of cars were crumpled into a single mass of twisted metal. Matt Sheffer dodged fallen power lines, trees and streets closed to arrive at his dental practice in the hospital. Much flattened rubble filled at a pharmacy, gas station and some doctors, once stood.

“My office is completely gone. It is likely that for two or three blocks, it’s just flattened out,” he said. “The building that was in my office was not weak. He was 30 years and two layers of brick. It was very sturdy and well built.”

St. John’s patients were evacuated to other hospitals in the region, said Cora Scott, spokeswoman for the hospital’s sister facility at Springfield.

Early in the morning, the focus of a temporary facility triage lit what was left of the hospital that once held up to 367 patients. The police combed the surrounding area for bodies.

Miranda Lewis, a spokesman for San Juan, was home when the tornado sirens began to leave. By early Monday, he had no information about any deaths or injuries in the hospital of the tornado strike, although she had seen the damaged building.

“It’s like what you see elsewhere, honestly,” said Lewis. “That’s a terrible way to say it, but not recognize what is across the street.

“I had seen on television, but until you are standing here and seeing the devastation, I can not believe.”

Michael Spencer, a spokesman for the national Red Cross who helped following a tornado that devastated the nearby town of Pierce in 2003, he was stunned.

“I’ve been in some 75 disaster, and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Spencer. “You do not often see metal structures and metal structures destroyed, and that’s what you see here.”

Triage centers and shelters set up throughout the city quickly filled its capacity. At Memorial Hall, a place of entertainment center, nurses and other emergency workers across the region treated seriously injured patients.

In another improvised unit in a Lowe’s home improvement, wood tables served as beds. Out of ambulances and fire trucks waiting for calls. During a flight after midnight on Monday, emergency vehicles were fighting almost every two minutes.

The storm’s winds carried debris up to 60 miles away. Medical records, X rays, isolation and other items fell to the ground in Greene County, said Larry Woods, assistant director of the Office of Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management.

Travel through and around Joplin was difficult, since Interstate 44 was closed and the streets were clogged with emergency vehicles and the remains of buildings.

Emergency officials rushed heavy equipment management to Joplin to help lift debris and clear the operations of search and retrieval. The president said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is working with state and local agencies.

Jeff Lehr, a reporter for The Joplin Globe, said he was upstairs at home when the storm hit but was able to make their way to a closet in the basement.

“There was a loud blowing noise, my windows began to appear. I had to get down, glass was flying. I opened a cupboard and got myself into it,” he told The Associated Press. “Then you could hear everything that goes. It tore the roof off my house, home of all. I came out, and there was nothing.”

A sore of helplessness took hold of the residents, many of which could only walk through the ruins and wondered private about the fate of their loved ones.

Justin Gibson, 30, met with three families out of the tangled debris field that was left of a Home Depot. He referred to a black SUV that had been thrown into the ruins of the store and said he belonged to the brother of her roommate. “He was last seen here with her two little girls, 4 and 5 years, Gibson said.

“We’ve been trying to get there from the tornado that happened,” Gibson said, adding that his house had been leveled.

“It’s just gone. Everything in this neighborhood is gone. The high school, churches, the grocery store. You cannot get in contact with my ex-wife to see how my children,” she said, referring to her three children, aged 4 months to 5 years.

“I do not know the extent of this yet,” Gibson said, “but I know I will have friends and family dead.”

With 89 deaths in Joplin tornado, tornadoes killed 455 people so far this year in the U.S., according to meteorologist Harold Brooks National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, Brooks said, 2011 is the ninth deadliest year for tornadoes in the U.S. history and the deadliest since 1953, when 519 people were killed.

More tornadoes are expected in the central part of the country through the middle of the week, but it is unlikely that any outbreak will be as extensive as that hit the South last month.

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