Tornado causes 'some fatalities' in Joplin, Missouri
May 22nd, 2011
08:59 PM ET

Tornado causes 'some fatalities' in Joplin, Missouri

A violent tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday afternoon, causing "some fatalities" and significant damage to buildings, officials told CNN.

Also, the National Weather Service said it was tracking a "large and extremely dangerous tornado" near Noel, Missouri.

The twister that hit Joplin, about 150 miles south of Kansas City, Missouri, caused "some fatalities," though the exact number was not known, said Lynn Ostot, spokeswoman for the city of Joplin.

Authorities there were contending with multiple reports of people trapped, as well as significant structural damage to St. John's Regional Medical Center, which was hit directly by the apparent tornado, city officials said. CNN affiliate KSHB said there were reports of fires throughout the hospital.

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  1. J.Joplin

    Take another piece of my heart now baby... .

    May 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keely

      Tht kinda funny. 🙂

      May 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |

    IT'S headed torward springfield now...

    May 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. yesterdays today

    I hope Harold Camping is there!

    May 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. K.c.

    Nooooo!!! Christofer Drew lives in joplin :'(

    May 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Okay.

      You're stupid. He lived* in joplin.
      He doesn't live there. now.

      May 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Justin

    I was in Tuscaloosa on the 27th saw the devastation 1st hand lost some friends this stuff would break anyones heart goes out to Joplin

    May 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Horne

    Don, Weather channel has video upo if you want to see damage they had a chaser following storm very bad damage hit the hospitaldirectly

    May 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Horne

    damaged area looks like tuscaloosa, 1 mile wide 3 miles long

    May 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kalika

      Don, what will it take for us to put forth efforts toward climate change?

      May 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rhiannon

    After living through the Tornado of 03, the worst and most disgusting thing are the tourists, who tour the scene after. WIth the wonders of technology surely they can get their gore fix somewhere else, let people get to their families and let emergency vehicles through.
    They are tracking the storm through Noel MIssouri. Much of the hospital staff injured in Joplin, two fire stations roofs collapsed, medical personnel on call to the area, from Springfield, Mo, Pittsburg, Ks... Several people dead... Maybe Noel has more time to prepare.

    May 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corvus1

      Gawkers are as bad as looters in my book.

      May 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • tc

      You are absolutely right about the gawkers that descend on a community after a disaster. No respect for anybody.

      May 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MommaMarti

    Prayers and thoughts to my fellow nurses, paramedics and firefighters. What an awful night they are facing.

    May 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cheryl onstott

    Pray for Everyone and their families

    May 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dan smith fayette mo

    There was a tornado watch in and around the Fayette Mo. area(central part of the state). Don't know if it was the same system that went through Joplin though.

    May 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LJ Johnson

    Rhiannon, I agree with you. I othrough the night of the tornadoes in Ohio & Pennsylvania in May 1985. I can remember working the next day at a local restaurant and having lines wrapped around the block in our tiny town – most of them people coming from all over (literally!) to "tour the devastation."

    They were angry because our small little restaurant had neither adequate seating NOR adequately prepared "specials" for the 500-something people that came through – many did dine and dashes, skipped with no tip... were rude...

    Though I was a mile away from the devastation there were people there that day, at work who had NO HOME, but were at work because life goes on and you need money to keep going, right?

    I have NEVER outgrown my dislike of "disaster tourists" since then, and I doubt I ever will.

    May 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daniele

    does anyone know if there was any damage to Joplin Health and Rehab Center???

    May 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tcb30

    Ditto what MommaMarti said. Was just at one of the hospitals 3 weeks ago working. Prayers for all.

    May 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    The weather channel has live pictures, fires are burning now too. It is getting dark which makes it worse for the people and the rescuers.

    May 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
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