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Death toll from Joplin tornado rises to 141: officials

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The death toll from the May 22 Joplin, Missouri tornado has risen to 141, city officials said on Sunday. Lynn Iliff Onstot, public information officer for Joplin, said the city had identified three new victims who died from injuries sustained as a result of the twister. The…

Number missing after Joplin tornado down to 10

CHICAGO — The number of people missing after the deadliest single tornado to strike the United States in more than six decades has been whittled down to just 10, state officials said Tuesday. A mile-wide May 22 twister reduced much of the Missouri town of Joplin to rubble, leaving at…

Missouri twister: 29 still missing, ‘miracle needed’

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – The number of people still missing from a killer tornado has dropped to 29, but officials said finding any of them alive eight days after the twister struck would require “a miracle.” The massive May 22 tornado killed 142 people in Joplin, Missouri, in what was…

Children orphaned by tornadoes carry on, and grieve

PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala (Reuters) – Five-year-old Garrett LeClere survived the devastating twister that struck Phil Campbell, Alabama on April 27 with two broken arms and a fractured skull. His parents did not make it. Rescuers searched for a day before finding the bodies of Jay and Amy LeClere beneath the…

1,500 still unaccounted for after deadly Missouri tornado

JOPLIN, Missouri – Rescuers combed through overturned cars and flattened buildings Tuesday hunting for survivors after this Missouri town was struck by one of the strongest US tornadoes ever recorded. A massive mile-wide funnel-cloud, with winds of up to 200 miles (320 kilometers) an hour, tore through the town of…

Grim search continues in tornado-hit Joplin, Missouri: 116 dead

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – Rescue crews clawed through the rubble searching for survivors early Tuesday after a tornado in Missouri killed 116 people, amid warnings that more powerful storms were on the way. “That’s all that’s left,” Roger Dedick said on Monday as he pointed to a section of foundation,…

Death toll from Missouri tornado rises to at least 116

JOPLIN, Missouri – Rescue crews clawed through rubble searching for survivors Monday in the wake of the deadliest single tornado to strike the United States in nearly 60 years. The massive twister cut a swath of destruction four miles (6.4 kilometers) long and three quarters of a mile (more than…

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