On the Radar: Missouri tornado, Obama's visit to Ireland, Pawlenty in, Oprah out
A cross rises above the rubble after a deadly tornado struck Sunday evening in Joplin, Missouri.
May 23rd, 2011
08:26 AM ET

On the Radar: Missouri tornado, Obama's visit to Ireland, Pawlenty in, Oprah out

Tornado devastates Missouri city: A tornado killed at least 89 people and destroyed as much as 20% of Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday evening. The twister cut a path through the central city and struck one of its hospitals.

Gov. Jay Nixon activated the Missouri National Guard and stressed urgency in rescuing survivors.

Follow developments on CNN.com's live blog.

Louisiana inmates brace for flooding: Prisoners in southeastern Louisiana are helping to fill sandbags and patch up levee holes along the swollen Mississippi in an all-hands effort to keep the mighty river at bay.

At the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, parts of the sprawling prison complex are already underwater, and some 2,000 inmates have been evacuated. But about 2,500 inmates are still at the prison, working to fill holes and keep the grounds dry.

Along with several other states, Louisiana is struggling to cope with the worst flood to hit the lower Mississippi River Valley since at least 1937.

O'bama traces roots in Ireland: President Barack Obama is paying a visit to Ireland, including the village of Moneygall, hometown of Obama's great-great-great-grandfather on his mother's side.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama are on their way to the Group of Eight summit starting Thursday in Deauville, France.

Pawlenty enters presidential race: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will officially announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president at an event Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Pawlenty scooped himself by releasing a video on his website Sunday in which he declared, "I'm Tim Pawlenty and I'm running for president of the United States."

He pledges to create jobs, limit government spending and tackle entitlements.

Iceland volcano disrupts air travel: Iceland hopes its main international airport will reopen to air traffic Monday following a volcanic eruption in the country over the weekend, a spokeswoman said.

There were no international flights in or out of the country Sunday after Europe's most active volcano, Grimsvotn, began to erupt Saturday.

Last year, transatlantic and European air traffic was snarled for weeks by an ash cloud from another Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull.

This is the end for Oprah: It's farewell week for talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey, whose groundbreaking 25-year run is coming to an end.

The guest list rivals those of the Grammys and Oscars combined: Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Queen Latifah, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jordan, Jerry Seinfeld, Jamie Foxx, Josh Groban, Diane Sawyer, Maya Angelou, Halle Berry, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kristin Chenoweth, Usher. The list goes on.

And while Winfrey has paid tribute to teachers, philanthropists and people from all walks of life on her show, the surprise spectactular was clearly a tribute to her legacy.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Missouri Girl


    It seems like you are a sad excuse for a human being... Did your mommy not hug you enough as a child, did you get picked on and beat up a lot? No matter what you think about a state or the people that live there wishing death on another human being is wrong...

    Oh and when someone dies it is for good...

    May 23, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    @missouri girl; I don't give a sh!t about these people, my mother was born there and she stinks. I hope she dies too.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. ChrisWrites

    Just like Obama, Spider-man came to Ireland only he came in 1986 during the run of Web of Spider-man and fought the IRA – http://chriswrites.net/2011/05/03/spider-man-takes-on-the-ira/

    May 23, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ginger

    We are debating the debt ceiling and Obama is out on another tour of Europe spending OUR money! Could he not wait till the election when he gets out of office to go see his kinfolk on his dime???? He trying his best to bankrupt us.

    May 23, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • anitaPhoenix

      Really? Do you not recall how many 'vacations' Bush took while in office? And during 9/11 no less. Don't be a hypocrite.

      May 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ginger

    A hypocrite is someone who
    says we need to raise the debt limit as he's boarding his plane to spend money we don't have!

    May 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    Earth Changes are coming. They will grow as the days pass and there will be no place on earth that will go unaffected by them. They are coming because God is getting tired of looking down upon man's evil day in and day out. War without end, murder, thefts, lies, fraud, sodomy, adultery, cruelty to children, maltreatment of the poor, medical experiments on unsuspecting and poor, devil worship and witchcraft. These are all reasons why God allows and even directs these things to happen to men. So next time you see a disaster and ask God why, you will understand that there is a simple reason for it. Evil will not be allowed to continue for much longer.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Don’t worry about your loved ones they are all dead.

    I’m happy that my mother died in the storm. She was a mean woman.

    She forced me to blow the men she slept with. I have nightmares all the time. I’m glad she’s dead.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dan smith fayette mo

    Cesar, I'm going to assume your using someone else's name to post something that you're too much of a coward to post under your own name. Doesn't matter either way, if you ever feel like making a trip to Missouri I'll gladly introduce your teeth to the back of your throat.

    May 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. obbop

    Writing from east of Joplin, MO.

    Obama, stay away.

    Get your beloved photo-op elsewhere.

    The tie-ups your presence will cause will only hinder/hamper recovery efforts.

    How about diverting the funds that would be spent in your personal publicity seeking be used to buy some food for the huge number of working-poor citizens hereabouts?

    The only one to gain from your visit is you, Obama.

    May 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Observer1290

    Obama shut down the weather forecasting satellites that could have warned people of this disaster, and saved lives.
    Is Obama a liar or insane?


    May 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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