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. Kat

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please be safe and take care of each other.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dee

    Sorry to the families who've lost. I am praying for God's comfort of you and for your resilience to shine through.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jaquelyn

    My son lives there and was in the Walmart that is now gone. He was trapped for two hours. Thanking God for his survival. As well as his family. Praying for the community.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kody

    I just learned a little while ago that one of my dad's cousins was killed in this... I didn't know her, I just wanted to share...

    May 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    My daughter in law has family who live in Joplin. One has lost their home totally. I feel at such a loss to help anyone there from so far way. What can we do?

    May 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fernanda

    I am from Brazil and I have already been in Joplin. I have so many friends there who I really love!! I hope they are fine and may God help the families that are damaged!
    It is really scary to imagine that city suffering such bad thing.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sonny

    yes daniele, i will

    May 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniele

      thank you so much

      May 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dan smith fayette mo

    The weather channel mentioned something about Louisiana and mississippi having tornadic activity also(don't know if they're correct), hope everyone is safe down there.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jhatf07

    Listen live on scanner radio app on your phone....crazy stuff going on right now.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniele

      Is it by any chance saying anything about Joplin Health and Rehab Center???

      May 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hoosier

    People like you are the problem. There is no comfort from Christ to people that cling to a book used for propoganda and harm to fellow mankind. My prayers are with those that died and suffered in this tragedy.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dan smith fayette mo

    @kody, so sorry. @candace, sorry about your home, hope everyone is doing ok.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tc

    Read His book, The Holy Bible, for comfort and direction.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazmyn

    Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Joplin, MO. May God be with you and continue to protect you all from all harm and danger! I love you all!

    May 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tanisha

    I live here in Joplin,Mo. It's terrible here. Ive never seen anything like this before.

    May 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. VitaminT Live police/fire of Joplin Tornado

    May 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
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