Yes, I live near Joplin MO. This is footage that I took one week after the tornado struck. Nothing can prepare you for seeing damage like this! I will be the 1st to admit that I pulled over and broke down crying once it sunk in. For me that happened when I thought I was lost while driving a road I had driven for years & realized that's because a 2 blocks 3 story apartment building complex & 90% of the neighborhood was simply gone.
The 2011 Joplin tornado was a catastrophic EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in the late afternoon of Sunday, May 22, 2011. It was part of a larger late-May tornado outbreak sequence and reached a maximum width of nearly 1 mile (1.6 km) during its path through the southern part of the city. It rapidly intensified and tracked eastward across the city, and then continued eastward across Interstate 44 into rural portions of Jasper County and Newton County. This was the third tornado to strike Joplin since May 1971.
A total of 158 people were killed by the tornado and over 1,100 injured. It was the deadliest tornado in America since 1947.
The insurance payout is expected to be $2.2 billion; the highest
insurance payout in Missouri history, higher than the previous record of
$2 billion in the April 10, 2001 hail storm, which is considered the costliest hail storm in history as it swept along the I-70 corridor from Kansas to Illinois. Estimates earlier stated Joplin damage could be $3 billion. By July 15, 2011, there had been 16,656 insurance claims.
In: Regional News, Nature
Tags: Tornado, Joplin, F5, Finger of God,
Location: Joplin, Missouri, United States (load item map)
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