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Joplin's Damage 1 Week After Catastrophic EF5 Multiple-vortex Tornado (unpublished personal footage) 
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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.[5] 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.[6] This was the third tornado to strike Joplin since May 1971.[7]
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.[8] Estimates earlier stated Joplin damage could be $3 billion. By July 15, 2011, there had been 16,656 insurance claims.

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Added: Dec-28-2012 Occurred On: May-22-2011
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Location: Joplin, Missouri, United States (load item map)
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  • Damn! Complete devastation. The families that come away with everyone still alive are the lucky ones. The property damage is extensive but the human toll is worse.

    Hope everyone gets their homes rebuilt eventually. Insurance seems like a waste of money sometimes but it sure helps out when something does happen.

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    • @weada Many have rebuilt & some have not. But things are getting better by the day.
      It was the strangest thing. But that made this area far stronger & tighter as a community. All of the sudden neighbors where forced into interacting & helping one another. It was truly amazing & as horrible as it was. Well, I know it's odd saying it. But I really feel blessed to have witnessed what I did in the following weeks.

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    • @Carguyinok I think your statement here is a very good example of just what you're speaking of! What don't kill you makes you stronger.

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  • I was there when this video was taken...searching homes in that area. I'll never forget the sights I saw and the smells, the people's stories were amazing. Did 3 trips to New Orleans post Katrina, while it was much more wide spread it was nothing compared to the shear destruction on the path of this tornado. Trees that were completely debarked, even saw a tree with sewing needles stuck in them. I guess the best way to describe the power is that there was not any green left, we stood on top o More..

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    • @willis How many years has it been since Katrina? And all we have heard about ever since is "New Orleans" and the terrible devastation and how it was the governments responsibility to carry these people, which we still do to this day. The real devastation from Katrina took place East of New Orleans along the Gulf Coast's I-90 (Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi,etc.). Those places we're obliterated like Joplin. You didn't hear too much about those communities or how those people didn't wa More..

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    • @DaddioDoesDie you sure took this off in a new direction didn't you?

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    • @willis Yes, I do admit that I digress! The fact is that it was a terrible tragedy and so many people suffered.

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  • And some people think we're changing the climate. They forget how puny and weak man is, when compared to nature.

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    • @Ding_Jianwen
      Exactly.
      Only people who try to sell that baloney want to tax the air we breathe.Why? Because they have taxed everything else and the air is the only thing left. Al Gore has made millions preaching that crap.

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    • @Fire37Rescue

      What are you talking about?

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    • @parothed
      Carbon tax

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    • @Fire37Rescue you breathe carbon? cool.

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    • @Ding_Jianwen so youre saying its unlikely that chemical reactions could change our weather/climate? its quite possible that the chemicals we are burning in fact does deplete the Ozone and in turn increases our planet's temperature. people think this is so far-fetched, yet we can attach special flares to the back of planes and produce a rainstorm through basic checmical reaction.. not to mention that were getting heat from a star over 150,000,000km away, so any slight change could affect us quit More..

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  • Plastic-chipboard houses are gone. Concrete houses that survived. What do you expect?

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    • @haqy I saw plenty of concrete building stripped down to their foundations in joplin. Nothing normal would have stopped that thing at its peak.

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  • That's because they build sh!ty houses.

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  • Dear Americans, have you ever thought of fixing the problems you have such as making houses that can survive tornadoes?

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    • @Yumnonnat
      As you can see, not even Nature itself can survive a Tornado strike.
      Unless you build underground, you take what mother nature throws at you.

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    • @Yumnonnat Well, they do have them but their cost makes them out of reach for most people. Reinforced concrete partially below ground etc.

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    • @Yumnonnat
      Oh man, how could we have missed that, its all so Clear and Simple now, Thank you for that gifted insight. :)

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    • @downhill2400 you will have to pay as much either way, if a tornado destroys all the houses it will cost a lot of money, but it will cost the same if you build houses that doesn't brake as easily.
      Here up in the northern Scandinavia we build houses to protect ourselves from harsh weather, while in America you build houses to make them look nice, like it would bring you some kind of higher status for having a big unnecessarily fancy but fragile house ...

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    • @Yumnonnat It's true the method for building houses has changed very little in the last 150 years. We still use 2X4 lumber with nails in almost all of our new housing. I think it is the cheapest method and therefore the most profitable for the builders. That combined with cheap energy costs for heating and air-conditioning will keep the technology from changing. Once the costs of heating and air increase say 3 times above todays costs there will be new technology brought on board. Perhaps the cl More..

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  • Weird american cardboard houses.
    You can see on 1:25 what a normal house looks like after a tornado like that.

    Knowing that there is quite often a tornado where you live, and building your house like that means only 2 things : you are either counting on it being destroyed and making it cheap, or you are extremely stupid

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    • @jovanmhn You're clueless. Educate yourself on tornadoes before making such an asinine comment

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    • @jovanmhn

      Really it's just economics. Structures that are built to withstand tornadoes like that one are not affordable.

      Tornadoes are not a rarity, but even in often-hit areas, a strike in any particular place still has very low odds. It's always a risk in the south-central US, but overall it's a low risk from the viewpoint of any one individual or location.

      Life itself is a risk. One rebuilds and soldiers on.

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    • @DieLimeys That's not true. Many buildings withstood that nuclear attack on Hiroshima by the murdering American government of the day. Many houses with stood earthquakes and tornado's across the world and in America. I have seen it. The USA tend to build a lot of the houses from cheap materials and poor structures. There could be damage to some stone or brick buildings that were correctly built, but nothing compared to those cheap US structures. I should know.

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    • @jovanmhn

      You don't understand. At 1:27 or so you can see other buildings taht weren't completely destroyed. That's because tornadoes don't stretch out over hundreds of miles like Hurricanes, only 1-2 miles at their largest. Also, a home build with concrete and reinforced steel that could still survive 300+ miles per hour winds would be incredibly expensive and would be impossible for many people to buy.

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  • if there wasnt an american flag, i would have assumed it was a normal street in mexico, or south america...or perhaps, africa...

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    • @danielgossner And so we all will assume you are the normal uncultured asshole in the USA.

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    • @danielgossner The crazy part is it looked even more that way earlier in the week. At that point the military vehicles where all over the place. But I didn't feel comfortable gawking around with a video camera when their still uncovering bodies.

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  • TO BYŁ ZAMACH

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  • Tornadoes kick ass.

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  • That is fucking devestation.:S Wow.. Glad I wasnt around for that one.

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  • thank you for taking this video. you are correct i had no idea of the horrors after this disaster.

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  • 158 dead is a lot, but dont worry as there are always new people coming alive

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  • I had a delivery of parts that was late. I called the trucking company and they told me the truck got stuck in Joplin in the storm. The shipment arrived a week late, pallets of boxes water damaged and crushed. Some boxes had glass and bits of debris stuck in them. I could have rejected the shipment but didn't. Some nameless trucker died trying to bring it to me. Makes the screen a little blurry just typing this.

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    • @Rational_Surge Sorry hearing that. Many people lost their lives that day. But that's a roll of the dice.
      I get goose bumps watching this. Had I not been running behind that day I would have been on the road in this video near exactly when it hit.

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    • @Carguyinok glad you weren't. live every day fully. the future is not guaranteed.

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  • The destructive power of tornadoes is mind boggling. The landscape looks like a war zone that has been pounded by aerial bombardment for weeks.

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  • The next time somebody get excited about losing a square of shingles or a few strips of standing seam metal roof off their barn ... show them this video.

    wow.

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  • Ain't no Right and Left here in Joplin.

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  • thank fuck we dont get those here, what a disaster

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  • Damn nature! You scary!

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  • The term 'Tornado Alley' may have dissuaded you from buying property there.

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  • yawn...

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  • fuh-lattened.

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  • Horrible.

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  • Fuck! how long was the artillery barrage?! o.O

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  • Hard to even try to comprehend something like this.
    Voted.

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