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Tornado Ravages Joplin, Missouri

A man carries a young girl who was rescued after being trapped with her mother in their home after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011.(AP Photo/Mike Gullett)

May 23, 2011

At least 116 people died in a massive tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday. The cyclone destroyed hundreds of homes and vehicles, as well as a high school and a hospital. Rescue teams have been working hard to find and assist as many people as possible, even as another storm system passes through region today. Tens of thousands are now living without power around this small city, where an estimated 30 percent of the structures were flattened or damaged by the massive storm. Collected here are some images of the aftermath in Joplin as residents and rescue workers survey what remains.

 

 

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

The damaged St. John's Regional Medical Center is seen in the distance through tornado debris in Joplin, Missouri, on Monday, May 23, 2011. A large tornado moved through much of the city Sunday, damaging the hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 116 people.

 

 

Julie Denesha/Getty Images

Janet Martin attempts to salvage medication and mementos from her brother's home before a second storm moves in, on May 23, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. "Twenty minutes before the storm, he left to go to church. He would have been in that basement if he hadn't gone," Martin said.

 

 

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

A shelf cloud containing a thunderstorm approaches a tornado-ravaged neighborhood in Joplin, Missouri, Monday, May 23, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/Mike Gullett

A man carries a young girl who was rescued after being trapped with her mother in their home after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/Tulsa World, Adam Wisneski

A commercial neighborhood in Joplin, Missouri, is seen Monday, May 23, 2011, after it was leveled by a tornado that caused heavy damage on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Emergency personnel walk through a neighborhood severely damaged by a tornado near the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer

Two rescuers try to pull free a woman from a destroyed building in Joplin, Missouri, after a tornado struck the city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

A cross stands atop a church that was severely damaged by a tornado in Joplin, Missouri, as a severe storm passes overhead Monday, May 23, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer

An emergency worker carries a girl to safety from the remains of Academy Sports in Joplin, Missouri, after a tornado struck the city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer

Emergency vehicles line up along northbound Rangeline Road in Joplin, Missouri, after a tornado swept through the city in Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Storm clouds dwarf a farm near Lamar, Missouri, as the sun sets Sunday, May 22, 2011. The storm earlier produced a large tornado moved through much of Joplin, Missouri, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses.

 

 

Reuters/Mike Stone

Sheila Donham (right) and volunteers tend to an injured dog as they comb a neighborhood hard hit by a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

A covered body is seen in a tornado ravaged car while emergency workers wait for a medical team to arrive in Joplin, Missouri, Monday, May 23, 2011.

 

 

Reuters/Mike Stone

Ted Grabenauer, of Joplin, looks at heavy duty equipment operators clearing the street in the early morning hours in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011, the day after a devastating tornado hit the town.

 

 

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Emergency workers wait for a medical team after finding a body in a destroyed car in Joplin, Missouri, Monday, May 23, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/Tulsa World, Adam Wisneski

The wall of a home in Joplin, Missouri, is seen Monday, May 23, 2011, after it was damaged by a tornado that destroyed nearly 30 percent of the town on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

William Jackson, left, and Ashley Martin, volunteer firefighters from Oklahoma, survey the wreckage of destroyed homes in Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

A man walks past destroyed vehicles in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

 

 

Reuters/Mike Stone

An entire neighborhood lay in ruin after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, on May 23, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

A destroyed helicopter lies on its side in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, Sunday, on May 22, 2011.

 

 

Reuters/Mike Stone

Evelyn Knoblauch sorts through the personal belongings of one of her children after their home was damaged when a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, on May 23, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/Tulsa World, Adam Wisneski

News crews and homeowners sort through the rubble of a residential neighborhood Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin, Missouri.

 

 

AP Photo/Tulsa World, Adam Wisneski

Jean Logan reacts as she sees the damage to her home in Joplin, Missouri, Monday, May 23, 2011. Logan and her granddaughter rode out the storm in the laundry room.

 

 

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Laura Vanzant looks for her dog Monday, May 23, 2011 in her home that was destroyed by a tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

 

 

Reuters/Mike Stone

A pool of blood is seen on the floor of a business establishment which was wiped out by a tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011.

 

 

Reuters/Mike Stone

People walk through a demolished neighbourhood the day after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/Tulsa World, Adam Wisneski

Rescue workers in lime-green jackets search for bodies and survivors inside the damaged St. John's hospital in Joplin, Missouri, on Monday, May 23, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/tornadovideo.net

This frame grab from video shows a massive tornado on Sunday, May 22, 2011, outside Joplin, Missouri.

 

 

Reuters/Mike Stone

A view of the devastation after a tornado blew the roof off the St. John's Regional Medical Center, where about 180 patients cowered and were eventually evacuated in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011.

 

 

Reuters/Mike Stone

A woman removes a rifle from the debris of a destroyed home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011.

 

 

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Rescuers and neighbors look through the the wreckage of destroyed homes on a hillside in Joplin, Missouri, Sunday, May 22, 2011.

 

 

Reuters/Mike Stone

A sign lays among the ruins after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011.

 

AP Photo/Tulsa World, Adam Wisneski

Maggie Kelley and her husband, Trey Adams hug their dog, Saint, after finding him amid the rubble of her home in Joplin, Missouri, Monday, May 23, 2011.

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