Death Toll Expected to Climb After Tornadoes Rip Through Missouri
Another massive Tornado rips through a Missouri town and the death toll is already at 89.
A massive tornado that tore through the southwest Missouri city of Joplin killed at least 89 people, but authorities warned that the death toll could climb Monday as search and rescuers continued their work at sunrise.
City manager Mark Rohr announced the number of known dead at a pre-dawn news conference outside the wreckage of a hospital that took a direct hit from Sunday's storm. Rohr said the twister cut a path nearly 6 miles long and more than a half-mile wide through the center of town, adding that tornado sirens gave residents about a 20-minute warning before the tornado touched down on the city's west side.
Much of the city's south side was leveled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to ruins.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said around 2,000 buildings were destroyed as the twister swept through this city of about 50,000 people some 160 miles south of Kansas City.
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