A tornado on Sunday killed at least 125 people in Joplin, Missouri, authorities said Tuesday. Here are stories of some of those who survived the storm:
Rick Morgan: I usually ignore the sirens
Rick Morgan says he came close to doing Sunday what he normally does when he hears tornado sirens in Joplin: ignore them. Had he done so this time, he says, he probably would have died.
He was in a store, intending to buy some milk, when the sirens started Sunday.
"The store manager says, 'Everyone who is in the store, you need to go back to the produce cooler, because the sirens are going off,'" Morgan recalled Tuesday for CNN. "Well instead, following my M.O., instead of going to the produce cooler, I think, 'Well, I'll just drive home.' "
As Morgan approached the door, the store owner protested. And then four people on the outside "ran screaming into the store," Morgan said.
Editor's note: CNN's T.J. Holmes will be traveling through four states on the CNN Election Express bus this week, talking with voters about their thoughts on the economy and the upcoming midterm elections.
The following is a post he filed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“Always vote against the incumbent.”
That’s the voting philosophy of Anthony Nicoletto, a dairy farmer we met in western Pennsylvania.
He says he always votes against the incumbent because you should “give someone else a chance to be corrupt” and steal money.
Here in western Pennsylvania, everyone seems to be in agreement: they are sick of Washington, DC.
Nicoletto has been a dairy farmer his whole life, but now, he says each year could be his last year in the business. His cost of doing business continues to go up, but the cost of milk doesn’t go up at the same pace. He can’t turn a profit. So, a successful year for him now is when he loses a little bit of money instead of a lot.
And, Nicoletto and his wife don’t have a lot of (or any) confidence in Washington. Listen to what they told us.
Editor's note: CNN's T.J. Holmes will be travelling through four states on the CNN Election Express bus this week, talking with voters about their thoughts on the economy and the upcoming midterm elections. The following is a post he filed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The first person I had a conversation with after landing in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon was the guy driving me to my hotel. On the way, he refused to talk about politics or midterm elections or President Obama or unemployment rates. We couldn't talk about anything until we first discussed the other pressing matter for the people of Pittsburgh: the Steelers' quarterback situation.
Their starting QB (Ben Roethlisberger) is suspended for the first four games of the season. The backup is out 4-6 weeks with an injury. The No. 3 quarterback has been unimpressive in preseason games. So, the No. 4 QB might be starting in the season opener.
As soon as we got that out of the way, the gentleman was ready to open up about anything.